Fake Vuitton purse costs tourist in Italy €1,000
The Guardian - 7 June 2010
A tourist in Italy who thought she was on to a bargain when she bought a
fake Louis Vuitton purse from a beach vendor for €7 (£5.70) has been
slapped with a €1,000 fine as part of a draconian summer crackdown on
As she haggled with an itinerant Senegalese salesman on the sands at
Jesolo, near Venice, on Sunday, Ursula Corel, 65, from Vienna in Austria,
had no idea she was being observed through binoculars by police officers
perched on the lifeguard tower.
The officers are part of a new 20-strong squad sent out this summer by
the local mayor to crack down on the vendors, who hawk bags and clothes
up and down the beach. The national trade in fake brand-name goods is
worth €7bn a year.
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Fake copies of Microsoft Office, operating systems, memory cards and flash drives, fake designer clothing... anything of that nature. At any given time TM offers thousands of fake itmes which breach their terms & conditions... and often do little about the problem. This is the place to discuss the issue.
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