Chapter 6.56
WEIGHTS AND MEASURES

Sections:

6.56.010    State standards adopted – Compliance required.

6.56.020    Prohibited acts – Misdemeanors designated.

6.56.030    Sales and purchases regulated.

6.56.040    Berries.

6.56.050    Bread.

6.56.060    Butter.

6.56.070    Coal.

6.56.080    Firewood.

6.56.090    Ice.

6.56.100    Milk products.

6.56.110    Potatoes.

6.56.120    Vinegar.

6.56.130    Violation – Penalty.

6.56.010 State standards adopted – Compliance required.

A. The standards of weights and measures and other apparatus sealed and certified to by Superintendent of Weights and Measures of the state of Washington and furnished by him to the city, and such standards of weights and measures in addition thereto or renewal thereof as he may certify and furnish to the city from time to time, all under and pursuant to Chapter 52 of the Session Laws of 1913 of the state of Washington, are adopted and designated as the standards of weights and measures for the city.

B. All weights, measures, scales, scale beams, patent balances, steelyards, automatic or computing scales, or other instrument or device for weighing or measuring by which any merchandise, commodity, or thing is bought or sold by weight or measure or offered or exposed for sale shall conform to the standards prescribed in this chapter. Any weight, measure, scale, scale beam, patent balance, steelyard, automatic or computing scale, or other instrument or device for weighing or measuring in the city which does not conform to such standard is declared to be a false weight or measure. [Code 1980 at § 15.58.010].

6.56.020 Prohibited acts – Misdemeanors designated.

Any person who by himself or his servant or agent or as the servant or agent of another uses or retains in his possession a false weight or measure or weighing or measuring device, or any weight or measure or weighing or measuring device which has not been sealed by a sealer of weights and measures within one year, in the buying or selling of any commodity, or thing; or who disposes of any condemned weight, measure or weighing or measuring device contrary to law, or removes any tag placed thereon by the sealer; or any person who by himself or by his servant or agent, or as the servant or agent of another, sells or offers or exposes for sale less than the quantity he represents; or sells or offers or exposes for sale any such commodities in a manner contrary to the standards, provisions, or rules adopted and enacted in this chapter or in any manner contrary to law; or any person who by himself or by his servant or agent or as the servant or agent of another sells or offers for sale or has in his possession for the purpose of selling, any device or instrument to be used to or calculated to falsify any weight or measure, or hinders or obstructs the city sealer of weights and measures designed in this chapter or any of his duly appointed subordinates in the performance of his or their official duties, is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon trial and conviction thereof shall be punished as provided in this chapter. [Code 1980 at § 15.58.020].

6.56.030 Sales and purchases regulated.

A. It is unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation in the city to buy any commodity upon the basis of weight or measure unless the same is brought upon the basis of the true net weight or measure, and unless the scales or measures so used bear the seal of a sealer of weights and measures and conform to the standards adopted by the city.

B. It is unlawful for any vendor, or his servant, agent, or other employee in the city to offer to sell, or sell and deliver, any commodity ordinarily and usually sold in bulk or quantity by weight or measure unless the same is weighed or measured, as the case may be, upon or by officially tested and approved weights, measures, scales, scale beams, patent balances, steelyards, automatic or computing scales, or other instruments for weighing or measuring, and unless that portion of such commodity so offered for sale or sold by weight or measure is the true net weight or measure. [Code 1980 at § 15.58.030].

6.56.040 Berries.

A. All sales of blackberries, currants, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, blueberries, gooseberries, cherries, and similar berries in packages containing less than one bushel, shall be sold by the dry quart containing 67.2 cubic inches or the dry pint containing 33.6 cubic inches, and all berry boxes sold, used, or offered for sale within the state shall be of the interior capacity of 67.2 or 33.6 cubic inches, unless the same are labeled in plain English words or figures with its correct interior capacity expressed thereon in cubic inches.

B. Nothing in this section shall be so construed as to prevent the sale by weight of any of the articles mentioned. [Prior code at § 15.58.030].

6.56.050 Bread.

A. A standard loaf of bread in the city shall contain 16 ounces net weight or 32 ounces net weight, and no bread shall be sold within the state unless it is a whole, half, or quarter loaf containing 32 ounces, 16 ounces, or eight ounces net weight, unless the same is labeled in plain English words or figures with its correct net weight expressed in pounds and ounces, together with the name and address of the manufacturer.

B. This section shall not apply to rolls or to fancy bread weighing less than four ounces or to stale bread sold in quantity. [Prior code at § 15.58.030].

6.56.060 Butter.

A. A standard package or container of butter in the city shall contain 16 ounces net weight or 32 ounces net weight, and a standard package or container need have no statement of the net weight of its contents.

B. Whenever butter is sold or offered for sale in a package or container, the commodity upon the basis of weight or measure unless the same is bought upon section, such package or container shall be labeled in plain English words or figures with the correct net weight of its contents expressed in pounds and ounces, together with the name of the manufacturer or jobber. [Code 1980 at § 15.58.030].

6.56.070 Coal.

A. A standard sack of coal in the city shall contain 100 pounds net weight and a standard sack of coal need have no statement of the net weight of its contents.

B. Whenever coal is sold or offered for sale by the sack, in sacks containing more or less than 100 pounds net weight, such sack shall be labeled in plain English words or figures with the net weight of its contents expressed in pounds.

C. It is unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation or their agents, servants, or other employees to misrepresent any coal offered for sale or to sell coal of any particular name or designation, or from any particular mine under the name or designation of another coal or mine. [Code 1980 at § 15.58.030].

6.56.080 Firewood.

A. It is unlawful for any vendor of firewood in the city, or his servant, agent, or other employees, to sell or offer for sale the firewood in the city in any quantity or by any measure except by the cord or fractional part thereof. The standard measurement of a cord of firewood in the city is fixed and established at 128 cubic feet.

B. It is expressly provided that mill wood in 24-inch lengths or shorter is not subject to the provisions of this section. [Code 1980 at § 15.58.030].

6.56.090 Ice.

A. Every vendor of ice in the city shall, at the time of actual delivery of any ice sold, weigh the quantity of ice delivered, and for that purpose shall use a steelyard balance or other apparatus for weighing such ice, which shall have been duly adjusted and sealed by a duly appointed sealer of weights and measures in accordance with the provisions of the laws of the city; and all ice delivered to consumers within the city shall be sold by avoirdupois weight unless it is otherwise specially agreed upon between the buyer and the seller.

B. Each and every pair of ice tongs used in the delivery of ice within the city shall have prominently and conspicuously stamped thereon the exact and true avoirdupois weight of said tongs. [Code 1980 at § 15.58.030].

6.56.100 Milk products.

All milk, cream, or buttermilk sold in the city in bottles shall be sold only in bottles containing one-half pint, one pint, one quart, one-half gallon or one gallon standard liquid measure. [Code 1980 at § 15.58.030].

6.56.110 Potatoes.

A. A standard sack of potatoes in the city shall contain 100 pounds net weight, and a standard sack of potatoes need have no statement of the weight of its contents.

B. Whenever potatoes are sold by the sack, in sacks containing more or less than the standard, such sack shall be labeled in plain English words or figures with its true net weight. [Prior code at § 15.58.030].

6.56.120 Vinegar.

A. All vinegar sold, exposed, or offered for sale in the city in bottles shall be sold in bottles containing one-half pint, one pint, one quart, one-half gallon or one gallon standard liquid measure and when so sold need have no statement of the net measure of its contents.

B. Whenever vinegar is sold in the city in bottles containing more or less than mentioned in this section, such bottles shall be labeled in plain English words and figures with its true net measure. [Code 1980 at § 15.58.030].

6.56.130 Violation – Penalty.

Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon trial and conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not less than $20.00 nor more than $100.00 or by imprisonment in the city jail for a period not exceeding five days or by both such fine and imprisonment. [Code 1980 at § 15.58.040].