Who knew? An old law shuts psychics
Alerted to a forgotten state ban, Phila. authorities have closed at least 16 storefront fortune-tellers. One alleged discrimination.
By David O'Reilly and Michael Vitez
Inquirer Staff Writers
astrologers, phrenologists and tarot-card readers who charge money for their services.
Philadelphia's fortune-tellers didn't see it coming.
Suddenly they're facing a very unhappy future.
Alerted to an obscure state law banning fortune-telling "for gain or lucre," the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections is closing storefront psychics,
MICHAEL BRYANT / Inquirer Staff Photographer
Inspectors had closed 16 shops since Tuesday, Deputy L&I Commissioner Dominic E. Verdi said yesterday.
"We were not aware it was a crime," he said, "but the Police Department came to us a few days ago and showed us where the crime code prohibits psychic readings.
"We looked into it, and it's clearly illegal. I was surprised."
Fortune-telling for profit is a third-degree misdemeanor. The law has been on the books for more than 30 years.(link)
You would think the fortune tellers would have seen this coming :)__________
Reason to wonder