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Springfield (Delaware County), PA

Springfield (Delaware County), PA
Chapter 115: SHOPPING CARTS
[HISTORY: Adopted by Board of Commissioners of the Township of Springfield 9-14-1971 by Ord. No. 861. Amendments noted where applicable.]



§ 115-1. Identification tag required.
It shall be unlawful for any owner, operator or manager of any store, shop, market or supermarket to have on the premises where such store, shop, market or supermarket is located, or to supply to any patron or customer of such store, shop, market or supermarket, any shopping cart, without having securely attached thereto a metal tag of identification, setting forth the name of the store and its location.



§ 115-2. Carts prohibited in certain areas.
It shall be unlawful for any owner, operator or manager of any store, shop, market or supermarket to permit any shopping cart supplied by such store, shop, market or supermarket to remain on any sidewalk, street, highway, parking lot open to the public or municipal property, or on any grass or planting area of any shopping center within the Township of Springfield except as provided in § 115-3 hereof.



§ 115-3. Carts permitted under certain conditions.
Where the exit of any store, shop, market or supermarket is immediately adjacent to any location prohibited to shopping carts by § 115-2 hereof, the Board of Commissioners may, when it deems vehicular and pedestrian traffic will not be obstructed there, permit shopping carts to be and remain in a physically restricted area adjacent to said exit.



§ 115-4. Store owner responsible.
The presence of any such shopping cart on any location prohibited in § 115-2 hereof shall be presumed to be with the knowledge and consent of the owner, operator or manager of the said store, shop, market or supermarket.



§ 115-5. Removal of unattended carts.
Any unattended shopping cart found on any location prohibited in § 115-2 hereof is hereby declared to be a nuisance, and the police of the Township of Springfield are hereby authorized and directed to remove the same and store such shopping cart with the Township of Springfield Police Department.



§ 115-6. Violations and penalties. Any owner, operator or manager of any store, shop, market or supermarket violating the provisions of this ordinance shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine of $10 for each violation, together with costs of prosecution, and, in default of the payment thereof, to undergo imprisonment for not more than five days.



§ 115-7. Fee for return of carts; disposal.
Any shopping cart removed to the Police Department under § 115-5 hereof may be returned to the owner thereof, upon payment to the Township Secretary, for the use of the township, the sum of $10. If any shopping cart is not reclaimed and paid for within 15 days, the township may dispose of it without further notice.



§ 115-8. Effective date.
This ordinance shall become effective November 15, 1971.



§ 115-9. Removal from stores and adjacent sidewalks. [Added 7-11-1972 by Ord. No. 869 Editor's Note: Ord. No. 869 provided that former § 115-9 be renumbered as 115-11. ]
It shall be unlawful for any person to remove any shopping cart from the building and immediately adjacent sidewalk of any store, shop, market or supermarket, except that such shopping cart may be taken directly from said premises to a physically restricted area which has been set aside for storage of such shopping carts with the permission of the Board of Commissioners as provided in § 115-3 hereof.



§ 115-10. Penalty. [Added 7-11-1972 by Ord. No. 869]
A. Any person violating the provisions of § 115-9 of this ordinance shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine of $10, together with costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment thereof, to undergo imprisonment for not more than five days.
B. Violation of § 115-9 hereof by any person shall not relieve the owner, operator or manager of said store, shop, market or supermarket from liability for violation of other sections of this ordinance.

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