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SECTION 399-BB
Certain dry cleaning institutions; option for six months donation of articles of clothing
General Business (GBS) CHAPTER 20, ARTICLE 26
§ 399-bb. Certain dry cleaning institutions; option for six months
donation of articles of clothing. 1. A retail dry cleaning institution
may post the following notice:

IN ACCORDANCE WITH NEW YORK STATE LAW

GARMENTS NOT PICKED UP

WITHIN SIX MONTHS

WILL BE DONATED TO CHARITY

Such notice shall be at a minimum eleven inches in height by seventeen
inches in length and the printed characters shall be 1.25 inches in
height and at least .5 inches in width. Such notice shall be printed in
a legible manner and shall be posted in a prominent and conspicuous
location in the consumer area of the dry cleaning institution. Such
notice shall also be stamped or printed in at least twelve point bold
print on the receipt given to each consumer.

2. Notwithstanding any inconsistent provision of the abandoned
property law, a retail dry cleaning institution that has posted such a
notice and provided such a receipt may donate a garment or household
item that has not been retrieved within six months to a bona fide
charitable organization, church, or other not-for-profit organization.
The dry cleaning institution shall obtain a detailed written receipt
specifically describing each item donated to the bona fide charitable
organization, church, or not-for-profit organization. The dry cleaning
institution shall attach such receipt to each such consumer receipt and
shall keep such receipts for a period of at least three years following
the donation for purposes of demonstrating compliance with the
requirements of this section.

3. The six month period shall commence from the date indicated upon
the receipt that the consumer is due to retrieve his or her items. In
the event that such date is not indicated upon the receipt, the six
month period shall commence two weeks from the date the consumer brought
his or her items to the retail dry cleaning institution.

4. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit a retail dry
cleaning institution from adopting a written policy which provides for a
longer period of time before such a donation may be made.

5. The provisions of this section shall not apply to those items
brought to a retail dry cleaning institution for the purposes of storing
such items.