(Photo via Louis Vuitton)
As if you needed another reason to steer clear of buying "designer" bags off this street, here's one more. According to a report in WWD, lawmakers are pushing to pass a bill that would make it illegal to buy counterfeit merch off the streets of New York City — currently there are laws against selling but not buying — especially in (where else?) Chinatown.
Under the re-proposed legislation (it was first introduced in 2011) you could be charged with a class A misdeamenor for knowing “such trademark is counterfeit for reasons including, but not limited to, the quality and price of the purchased item, and/or the condition of the seller and the sale location.”
The punishment? It ain't pretty. Shoppers could face up to a maximum $1,000 fine and up to year in the slammer for knowingly purchasing a counterfeit — a hefty price to pay, we've got to say, for taking your chances on a $50 Fendo.
For more information on the bill and counterfeiting, click here.