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article imageDidn't Psychics Know They were Illegal in Philadelphia?

By paigemom     Apr 27, 2007 in Crime
Apparently not, because the law against fortunetelling for "gain or lucre" has been on the books for at least three decades.
Since Tuesday, Philadelphia city inspectors have shut down more than a dozen psychics, astrologers and tarot-card readers after learning about the law.
Inspectors did not arrest any seers for violating the law, which is a third-degree misdemeanor.
"But they will if these people try to return to work," said Dominic E. Verdi, deputy commissioner of the city Department of Licenses and Inspections.
According to Verdi, police alerted his department to the law a few days ago. "I was surprised," he said.
Gee, he could have consulted one of the psychics!
Or maybe not. Apparently they had no idea they were about to be shut down!
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