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Shop smart and leave the cart - it's the law

Removing a shopping cart from a business or being in possession of any shopping cart is a misdemeanor and punishable by a term of imprisonment of up to one year.

The consumer isn’t the only one who must abide by rules when it comes to the coveted cart. Per Florida Statute, every retail sales establishment that utilizes shopping carts as part of their business must include a warning notice in English, Spanish and Creole stating the law along with the name, address and phone number of the business on each cart. Those establishments that have installed alarms on the carts or built-in barriers are exempt from this requirement.

Many of us lead busy lives and shopping carts make our lives easier. Removing a cart not only takes away from the beauty of our community, but also could result in serious consequences. Shop smart and leave the cart.

If you see an abandoned shopping cart, report itRead more about shopping cart laws.

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