Guide to Laws for Consumers in the San Francisco Bay Area
This is a guide to consumer rights or “shoppers rights” in the San Francisco Bay area. Most consumer rights or “shoppers rights” are made and enforced at the state and federal levels. See our Guide to Laws for Consumers in California and our Guide to Laws for Consumers in the U.S.
Is it illegal for stores in San Francisco to ban cash payments?
Yes, in San Francisco it is illegal for stores to refuse cash or to “go cashless.”
Exercise Your Rights
To exercise your consumer rights:
- Contact a consumer attorney
- If it’s about a purchase, file a complaint with the San Francisco City Attorney’s office, and/or the California Department of Consumer Affairs
- If the amount in question is $10,000 or less, you can sue in small claims court.
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