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(a) San Francisco County Sealer. The San Francisco County Sealer shall have the authority to implement this Article 55 and enforce this Article as set forth in this Section 5505. The Sealer may issue rules, regulations, and/or guidance, as the Sealer deems appropriate, to aid in the implementation and enforcement of this Article.
(b) No Worker Liability. The obligation to ensure that a Brick-and-Mortar Business complies with this Article 55 shall fall only on the business, or (in any case in which the owner or owners of the business are responsible for a policy or practice causing a violation of this Article 55) on the owner or owners of the business. No employee or independent contractor working at a Brick-and-Mortar Business shall be held liable for any violation of this Article.
(c) Violations Defined. Each transaction or attempted transaction in which a Brick-and-Mortar Business fails to accept Cash as required by Section 5503 shall constitute a separate violation of this Article 55.
(d) Penalties. Any violation of this Article 55 shall be an infraction or misdemeanor punishable as hereinafter specified:
(1) For a first violation of this Article, an infraction punishable by a fine not exceeding $100 and not less than $50;
(2) For a second violation of this Article within a 12-month period, an infraction punishable by a fine not exceeding $200 and not less than $100; and
(3) For a third violation of this Article within a 12-month period, and any additional violation within a 12-month period, a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not exceeding $1,000 and not less than $500.
(e) Enforcement Costs. In addition to the penalties set forth in subsection (c), the court may order that a violator of this Article 55 reimburse the City for all its costs, including attorneys’ fees, incurred in investigating and prosecuting the enforcement action against that violator.
(Added by Ord. 100-19, File No. 190164, App. 5/24/2019, Eff. 6/24/2019, Oper. 8/23/2019)