Councilwoman Margaret Chin has proposed a bill that would fine anyone seen purchasing counterfeit designer merchandise $1,000. "We don't want to be known as the place to come to get counterfeit goods," she says. No, we don't! Because not only are counterfeit bags and sunglasses and whatnot sartorially offensive, but the money also goes to things like terrorism and bad child-labor practices. But even if passed, Chin's bill — which already has five co-sponsors — might not actually stop chicks who really want a cheap logo bag.
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.
If Chin gets the bill passed, she plans to try to put up plenty of signage warning people about the law in problem areas like Chinatown. The ironic thing is, if this passes, people who do get fined could have just bought a real designer purse with that money.