OFFENSES - MISCELLANEOUS
SEC. 31-40. POSSESSION AND IDENTIFICATION OF SHOPPING CARTS.
(a) In this section, SHOPPING CART means any device or conveyance provided by a retail establishment for use by its customers for the transport of merchandise from the retail establishment. The term does not include a motor vehicle as defined in the Texas Transportation Code.
(b) A person commits an offense if he possesses a shopping cart at a location other than the premises of the retail establishment that owns the shopping cart.
(c) It is a defense to prosecution under Subsection (b) that the person was an owner, employee, or agent of the retail establishment that owns the shopping cart and was delivering, retrieving, or returning the shopping cart to the retail establishment.
(d) A retail establishment that owns a shopping cart shall affix to the shopping cart a durable, all-weather, and legible decal identifying the name, address, and telephone number of the retail establishment. The decal must also state the following in legible letters:
IT IS AN OFFENSE PUNISHABLE BY A FINE OF UP TO $500 TO POSSESS THIS SHOPPING CART AT A LOCATION OTHER THAN ON THE PREMISES OF THE RETAIL ESTABLISHMENT THAT OWNS THIS SHOPPING CART.
(e) A shopping cart recovered by the city of Dallas will be returned to the owner, as determined by the decal affixed to the shopping cart, upon payment to the city of a recovery fee of $25. (Ord. 25439)
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