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SECTION 399-F
Laundromat refund procedures
General Business (GBS) CHAPTER 20, ARTICLE 26
§ 399-f. Laundromat refund procedures. 1. "Self service laundromats"
or "coin operated laundries" shall mean and include all laundromats and
any apartment building with two or more washing machines or clothes
dryers.

2. All self service laundromats, except those staffed by a full-time
attendant, shall be required to post two signs with dimensions no less
than twelve inches by eighteen inches. One sign shall list the owner's
name and address, and the second sign shall give the price for the use
of the washer and dryer, the cycle time per unit of payment, and the
method of refund if the coins are lost in the machines, including a
telephone number or address to contact for refund. Information for the
method of refund shall read as follows: " If coins are lost in the coin
receptacle of the washer or dryer, contact (insert the name and address
or telephone number of a person designated by the owner of the self
service laundromat to contact for refund)."

3. All signs shall be prominently displayed in a clearly visible area
of the self service laundromat.

4. Any individual, firm, partnership, corporation, association,
company or organization which owns and/or operates such business and
knowingly fails to comply with the requirements of this section shall be
assessed a civil penalty not to exceed fifty dollars for the first
violation, one hundred dollars for a second violation and two hundred
fifty dollars for any subsequent violation. Each day such offense shall
continue shall constitute a separate additional violation. It shall be a
defense to the imposition of any such civil penalty if the owner or
operator posted a sign as required by this section and such sign was
removed or defaced by vandals, provided the owner or operator
subsequently complies with the requirements of this section.

5. This section shall not annul, alter, affect or exempt any person,
firm, partnership, corporation, association, company or organization
subject to the provisions of this section from complying with the laws,
ordinances, rules or regulations of any locality, relating to the
posting of laundromat refund procedures, except to the extent that these
laws, ordinances, rules or regulations are inconsistent with any
provision of this section, but no such local law, ordinance, rule or
regulation shall be considered inconsistent, if it affords greater
protection to the consumer.