A big secret people don’t want friends to know is that the Gucci bag and the Rolex watch they’re wearing are counterfeit. But very soon, New York City might make buying these items illegal.
What, New York City, land of the street sellers who offer fake everything on the sidewalks and who run at the first sniff of a police officer might make buying these things illegal? Yes, folks, just when everyone thought that it was just the sellers engaging in illegal activities now the Big Apple wants to send shoppers to jail for buying these items.
My Fox NY reports that Councilwoman Margaret Chin, who represents Lower Manhattan including China Town, which is a hub for this activity, wants to make buying counterfeit items illegal. Shoppers could be jailed for a year or a fine of $1,000 for purchasing the fake goods. The bill will be introduced Thursday.
“We don’t want to be known as the place to come to get counterfeit goods,” said Councilwoman Chin. “It’s a very big problem. People are still coming, and the industry is growing, and we have to stop the demand. We need people to know that they are feeding this demand.”
The jail time and fine might seem somewhat drastic but Chin thinks it’s necessary to curb the growing problem. The councilwoman admits that most people would probably simply be issued a ticket.
Most consumers believe that buying an item off the street for less money, even though it’s not real, isn’t really a big deal but just where does the money that you hand over go? Chin points out that it often funds other nefarious activities, such as terrorism and unsafe child-labor practices.
So, ladies and gentlemen, the next time that very expensive looking item catches your eye and you plan to buy it on the curb in New York City, better take a good look around to see who’s watching. Purchasing that counterfeit bag, watch, or something else just might end up costing a lot more in the long run.
Here’s a video of Chin explaining why she feels New York City needs to pass the bill.