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That counterfeit Louis Vuitton could land you in jail

by Nigel Chiwaya on April 26, 2011

Canal Street is a wonderful place where many a shopper and New Yorker has found the bag of their dreams (or at least a close-enough approximation) at an affordable price. However, knock-off handbags are illegal, and after years of going after the peddlers, the city council is getting ready to crack down on the buyers.

Council member Marget Chin of Chinatown plans on introducing legislation on Thursday that would slap serious penalties on anyone caught buying a knockoff bag. Those caught in the act would face jail time and a fine of $1,000. If that seems harsh, it’s because Chin says that counterfeiters use their money to fund terrorism or child labor. Of course, the New Yorkers that the Post spoke to don’t seem too concerned about that.

“I’ll take a risk and sacrifice to look good and pay less,” she said.

Erma Charles of Brooklyn said she knows it’s wrong, but she can’t resist.

“Everyone steals,” the teacher said as she walked in Chinatown

Chin says that if the bill becomes law, she’ll blanket Chinatown with signs warning customers about the law. Because, y’know, it’d suck to be thrown in prison without proper warning.

Source: NY Post

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