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(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to remove a shopping cart from the premises of any grocery store or other retail business establishment without the consent of the owner or operator of the establishment. The temporary removal of such cart for the purpose of transporting goods or merchandise to a person's vehicle within two hundred (200) feet of the building or parking lot of the business establishment shall not constitute a violation of this section, unless the person fails to immediately return the cart to the premises of the business establishment after delivery of the goods or merchandise to his vehicle.
(b) A person who removes a shopping cart from the business premises with the consent of the owner or operator of such business establishment shall have in his possession written evidence of such consent. The failure of such person to produce such written evidence upon the request of any law enforcement officer shall constitute a violation of this section.
(c) It shall be unlawful for any person who removes a shopping cart from a business establishment with the consent of the owner or operator to abandon the shopping cart or to leave it at any location which can be viewed from any street, sidewalk, or other place to which the public has access.
(Ord. No. 1327, § 2, 2-14-84)