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Philadelphia police shut down psychics under little-known law

They never saw it coming.
City inspectors shut down more than a dozen psychics, astrologers and tarot-card readers after learning about a decades-old state law that bans fortune telling for profit. Inspectors did not make arrests or issue fines, “but they will if these people try to return to work,” said Dominic Verdi, deputy commissioner of the city Department of Licences and Inspections. The law, on the books for more than 30 years, makes fortune telling “for gain or lucre” a third-degree misdemeanour, Verdi said. Police alerted his department to the law a few days ago, said Verdi, who added he was surprised the provision existed. Inspectors have closed 16 shops since Tuesday and more are expected to be forced to close their doors, he said.

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