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Monday was World Consumer Rights Day. Until then, I was unaware that there was a checklist for consumers.

Monday was World Consumer Rights Day. Until then, I was unaware that there was a checklist for consumers.

The UN General Assembly adopted guidelines for consumer protection by consensus in 1985.

The checklist is:

l The right to satisfaction of basic needs. To have access to basic, essential goods and services: adequate food, clothing, shelter, healthcare, education, public utilities, water and sanitation.

l The right to safety. To be protected against products, production processes and services which are hazardous to health or life.

l The right to be informed. To be given the facts needed to make an informed choice and to be protected against dishonest or misleading advertising and labelling.

l The right to choose. To be able to select from a range of products and services offered at competitive prices with an assurance of satisfactory quality.

l The right to be heard. To have consumer interests represented in the making and execution of government policy and in the development of products and services.

l The right to redress. To receive a fair settlement of just claims, including compensation for misrepresentation, shoddy goods or unsatisfactory services.

l The right to consumer education. To acquire knowledge and skills needed to make informed, confident choices about goods and services while being aware of basic consumer rights and responsibilities and how to act on them.

l The right to a healthy environment. To live and work in an environment that is non-threatening to the well-being of present and future generations.

Know your rights so that you are treated well when spending your cash.

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