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    City enforces obscure anti-fortune telling law

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    PHILADELPHIA --
    In a series of apparently unforeseen visits, city inspectors slapped desist orders on the shops of psychics, astrologers, phrenologists and tarot-card readers who charge money for their services.

    Dominic E. Verdi, deputy commissioner of the city Department of Licenses and Inspections, said Thursday the agency was just recently alerted to a state law, on the books for more than 30 years, that makes fortunetelling "for gain or lucre" a third-degree misdemeanor.

    "We were not aware it was a crime, but the Police Department came to us a few days ago and showed us where the crime code prohibits psychic readings," Verdi said. "We looked into it, and it's clearly illegal. I was surprised."

    He said inspectors had closed 16 shops since Tuesday and he expected them to close more.

    Inspectors were not fining or arresting the fortune tellers, Verdi said, "but they will if these people try to return to work."

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    Good one, Peggy. I have no patience for these charlatans who claim to speak to the dead or predict the future . . . but . . . I do think that for many who don't really believe in such nonsense they do have some entertaiment value. I wouldn't mind if they continued to work with a disclaimer, kind of the WWE, which everyone knows is fake but they watch it anyway.
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    THese laws kill me. In AZ I believe it is still illegal to spit on the sidewalk and it is legal to kill a man you catch in bed with your wife.

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    Every so often someone digs up a bunch of archaic laws that sound so ridiculous now, but obviously made sense to someone at one time. Maybe they were a reaction to an unusual event of the day.
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    It's a two-way street. Yeah, those people are lying, but in this day and age, if you believe them, then you probably deserve what's coming to you.
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    I thought I read last week about some rich woman in China I think who left everything to her psychic...

    Maybe that sparked it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ISU2008 View Post
    It's a two-way street. Yeah, those people are lying, but in this day and age, if you believe them, then you probably deserve what's coming to you.

    I am going to pshychic to see if I will ever come close to your breakout score

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    I predict in the future, these laws will become obscure again.

    That'll be 5 cents, please.

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