New Bill Proposes a Year of Jail Time For Buying a Counterfeit Bag

Shopping for fake Louis Vuittons or Chanel bags on Canal street in Chinatown has become a requisite tourist activity. Only now you could go to jail for it. City councilwoman Margaret Chin, who represents the Chinatown district, is introducing a bill this Thursday that proposes harsh punishment for shoppers caught purchasing counterfeits, the New York Post is reporting. Under Chin's bill, that fake LV could cost you $1,000 in fines (still not quite the cost of some of the real deals) or up to a year in prison. Sound harsh? That's the point.
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Shopping for fake Louis Vuittons or Chanel bags on Canal street in Chinatown has become a requisite tourist activity. Only now you could go to jail for it. City councilwoman Margaret Chin, who represents the Chinatown district, is introducing a bill this Thursday that proposes harsh punishment for shoppers caught purchasing counterfeits, the New York Post is reporting. Under Chin's bill, that fake LV could cost you $1,000 in fines (still not quite the cost of some of the real deals) or up to a year in prison. Sound harsh? That's the point.
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Shopping for fake Louis Vuittons or Chanel bags on Canal street in Chinatown has become a requisite tourist activity. Only now you could go to jail for it.

City councilwoman Margaret Chin, who represents the Chinatown district, is introducing a bill this Thursday that proposes harsh punishment for shoppers caught purchasing counterfeits, the New York Post is reporting. Under Chin's bill, that fake LV could cost you $1,000 in fines (still not quite the cost of some of the real deals) or up to a year in prison.

Sound harsh? That's the point.

"We don't want to be known as the place to come to get counterfeit goods," Chin told the Post. "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."

Chin already has five co-sponsors for the bill but is it enough to deter true bargain hunters? Shoppers have to be caught in the act to face jail time or pay the fine, and a cop told the Post that enforcing the bill is "never going to fly."