I Could Use Some Air (Obscure City Codes)

For fun, I decided to read most of the municipal code for the City of Long Beach, and while there certainly is a lot of dull and boring minutia, I found one gem that will revolutionize your life here (not at all).

I shall copy the code unedited

Sec. 17-11. – Gasoline service stations to furnish free use of air-compressor hoses for inflating automobile tires.

(a)The owner and/or operator of every gasoline service station shall provide an air compressor capable of inflating automobile tires, at no charge to the user thereof. The air compressor and hoses necessary for the inflation of tires shall be kept in good repair and shall be available to motorists at all times the gasoline service station is open for business.

(b)Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be deemed guilty of an offense and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00), or by imprisonment for not more than fifteen (15) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

(Ord. No. 1579/86, § 1, 2-4-86)

It’s on the books that all gas stations have to offer free air pumps in Long Beach.  Now, I won’t name any names, but I know of a particular gas station on the corner of Long Beach Road and Park that most certainly charges.  It may rhyme with “On the Sun.”

What other silly codes are hiding in here?  What other stations are violating this city code?  Who wants to go around issuing citizen arrests to any offending stations?  It does say there is a $250 fine and 15 days hard time…

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