They were all so lushly, expensively smothered in syrup, that he knew they certainly could not be cheap, certainly not for him, because the shopkeepers always deceived the sweepers and the poor people, charging them much bigger prices, as if to compensate themselves for the pollution they courted by dealing with outcastes.
The unfairness in this story (particularly this sentence) is overwhelming.
Anand, Mulk Raj. Untouchable. Penguin Classics, pp. 36