QUINCY, Mass. -- Stop & Shop Cos. here got caught late last month in a negative publicity wringer when differences between its tax policies and those of its competitors came to light in a TV news report. it to charge less tax on frequent-shopper card items. However, because other retailers in its operating area are interpreting the law differently, some are already charging the lower rates -- a situation that led to negative local publicity for Stop & Shop, a division of Ahold, ...

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