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Stealing A Counterfeit Piece Of Clothing: Is It A Crime?

In Economy on August 25, 2008 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , , ,

It is a well-known fact that some Vietnamese who live in the Czech Republic sell counterfeit clothing. Especially Puma, Adidas, Reebok, etc.

Poor people buy these clothing items because they can not afford the real ones. The Czech Customs do regular busts during which they confiscate clothing worth millions of crowns.

A few days ago I noticed a discussion going on on a certain teenage chat server: some young men dare one another to pick a street salesman, pick a certain piece of clothing that is obviously fake [Reebok, Adidas, …] and run away.

They say: no way it is stealing. And no way the vendor will chase us because once we would get caught, let’s say by a cop, he would have to admit “this belongs to me”. Which is something Vietnamese salesmen whose booths are being searched for counterfeit items NEVER do.

I am the most law-respecting person I know 🙂 and yet I have to admit that this is a good point. Selling counterfeit junk is a crime and if people stood up against it, the Vietnamese could, technically, have a problem. Because they would be unable to calculate “damage” they would suffer…

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2 Responses to “Stealing A Counterfeit Piece Of Clothing: Is It A Crime?”

  1. They would simply provide their own security. They have the strength/support of community.

  2. Oh, yeah…Good point!!

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