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New York Takes Another Step to Curb Phone Theft
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While the bill's sponsor may have good intentions, this is an incredibly stupid idea. First, how is someone supposed to prove they're the legitimate owner of a phone? Show a receipt? Does anyone keep the receipt for their phone? Of course they don't.
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.
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