Endangering Children by Violating California Laws about Refrigerator Doors
Abandoning a refrigerator without removing its door is a criminal offense under California Penal Code Section 402b PC and conviction can carry significant consequences.
Abandoned refrigerator July 20-30, 2014. TEN days. A Tenant in #14 told me their refrigerator was broken when they moved in. He told me Ross had it moved outside their apartment, near #17. The photos tell you the rest.
I didn’t dare use my digital camera. That would have shown much more detail. I had to use my phone and be careful to avoid detection.
Read Code Details.
[See Refrigerator Photos.]
1. DEFINITION AND ELEMENTS OF THE OFFENSE
In order to prove that a defendant is guilty of abandoning a refrigerator without removing its door, a prosecutor must be able to establish the following elements:
- The defendant:
- Abandoned or left a refrigerator, icebox or other appliance in a place accessible to children
- OR being an owner, lessee, or manager, allowed such abandoned refrigerator, icebox or other appliance to be left in a place accessible to children
- The refrigerator or appliance was no longer in use.
- AND the door or latch mechanism of said appliance had not been removed.
2. RELATED OFFENSES
Related offenses include the following:
- Public Nuisance – California Penal Code Section 372 PC and California Penal Code Section 373a PC
- Child Endangerment – California Penal Code Section 273(a) PC
The proper way to dispose of refrigerators involves completely removing the door or the latching mechanism.