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Stores May Get Fine Forgiveness by Opening Up Bathrooms to Public

27 Jan 2020 3:37 PM

New York – Stores who were fined for a variety of consumer issues may get their bill waived — if they agree to open their bathrooms to the public.

New York City’s Department of Consumer and Worker Protection has issued a study determining that a proposed “penalty mitigation program” has a chance of working. This greenlights a law passed in 2018 to establish the program.

The law, if enacted, would apply to first-time violations only, on any one of 47 types of violations of city rules and laws. These include not displaying product prices, improper scanner accuracy and failure to have information in English. Those fines can range from $75 to $500 for the first offense.

In exchange, businesses will have to keep their restrooms open during regular business hours, and must keep their facilities clean.

“Only first-time violations are eligible for the waiver,” said Melissa Barosy, an agency spokeswoman. She added that the city won’t begin the program until the Law Department and Mayor’s Office certifies it.

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