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California requires customer facing displays:
Point of Sale display requirements are found in statute at §13300 of the Business and Professions Code. The specific requirement in current law is:
13300. (a) The operator of a business establishment that uses an automatic checkout system to sell goods or services to consumers shall ensure that the price of each good or service to be paid by the consumer is conspicuously displayed to the consumer at the time that the price is interpreted by the system. All price reductions, surcharges, taxes, and the total amount for each transaction also shall be displayed for the consumer at least once before the consumer is required to pay for the goods or services. The checkout system customer indicator shall be so positioned, and the prices and amounts displayed shall be of a size and form, as to be easily viewable from a typical and reasonable customer position at each checkout location.
(b) For the purposes of this section, automatic checkout system means a computer or any electronic system used to interpret the universal bar code or any other code that is on an item offered for sale to determine the price of the item being purchased regardless of whether the code entry is accomplished manually by a human or automatically by a machine.
(c) All automatic checkout systems used by a business establishment on and after January 1, 2007, shall comply with the requirement of subdivision (a).
In other words, whether it is an automatic system, or you scan in the barcode, a customer display is required.
This law actually went into effect in 2007.
If you are in doubt as to whether your state requires a Pole Display, you may want to contact your local representatives and ask them.
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