The mattress tag’s legal warning is there to protect consumer, the end user: it’s the removal of the tag before the mattress gets to the person that’s going to sleep on it that’s illegal.
By Amy E. Feldman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Why does the tag on the mattress say “do not remove under penalty of law”.
The answer to the bad comedian’s line “Why is there a tag on the mattress and who’s going to arrest me if it’s removed” is more icky than funny, actually. Because while individuals cannot strip off the sheets of the beds they just slept on and resell the mattress, in most states there is no law requiring that mattresses be made of all new materials.
And, in fact, California just became the third state to fund a program for mattress recycling.
So, long as the mattress materials are properly sterilized and approved by the Health and Safety Department of your state, you could actually be sleeping on the former bedding of another.
The good news is that – under penalty of law – the mattress seller must have…
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