The City Council of New York City is officially considering cracking down on the vendors that sell counterfeit luxury items on the streets in Manhattan’s Chinatown, ABC News reports.
The proposed ordinance is receiving mixed reviews from local merchants, as some see it as cleaning up the area while others see it as clearing out that section of the city. The legislation being considered would prosecute both the vendors that sell and the consumers that buy the fake merchandise.
"You've got to be kidding," said Ron Dennis, 43, a licensed vendor who sells glass pipes off a table on the street and is an occasional customer, too. "I definitely would never come back; it's very unfair; you're demonizing a whole neighborhood."