New York Takes Another Step to Curb Phone Theft
Why Limit To Phones?
Its not always the business at fault
Stupid, stupid, stupid
Second, this won't deter anything. Unscrupulous businesses that still want to sell phones will simply do it out of the back room, and criminals will just sell the phones on the street or to a business that doesn't care about getting some kind of proof. Or middlemen will emerge who buy up stolen phones and ship them to a state with no such requirements.
A crook will just sell it to a crackhead on the street