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Counterfeit Bag Ladies Could Go to Jail for Buying Fakes


Today in a New York Post Exclusive we learn of a new law being proposed that would terrify us to our core if we’d ever purchased any counterfeit bags. But since we haven’t done much shopping at all, in fact, since that old recession, we can breathe easy — for now. Still, it might behoove you, or someone you know, to be aware of the bill, which would mean buyers of counterfeit products could be jailed or given a fine of $1,000 if caught handing over cash for “Guchee’s” on Canal Street.

Councilwoman Margaret Chin, who serves the Chinatown district and will introduce the bill Thursday, says, “We don’t want to be known as the place to come to get counterfeit goods.” (A bit late for that?) The Post reports…

Christine Gambino, 21, of Staten Island — who was in Chinatown yesterday sporting a fake Louis Vuitton handbag that cost her $40 — vowed to continue to hit the neighborhood for counterfeit goodies.

“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.

Okay, those two brazen women should totally go to jail, or at least have to do community service or something. But the bill would only be effective if you’re caught in the act of buying the questionable bag, not if you’re just carrying your Mom’s Praaaada to be nice, or telling the New York Post how you and everybody steals.

We suggest a bill that would jail the manufacturers of actual legitimate “status” handbags that cost only $30 to make via the sweat of small children but cost $3,000 in stores. Those people have more money than those buying counterfeit, anyway.

Bill would bag phony-purse buyers [NYP]

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 26, 2011

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