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Posted: 11/4/2009 10:42:15 AM EST
Sometimes fact is stranger than fiction . I wish it was a joke too.


Father of Four Children Fined $100, Too, for 5-Cent Under-Charge for Pressing Surf.
Jacob Maged, 49 years old, a tailor of 427 Palisade Avenue, Union City, was sentenced to thirty days in the county jail and ordered to pay a $100 fine yesterday because he charged 35 cents for pressing a suit instead of 40 cents. The penalty was imposed by Judge Robert V. Kinkead in Quarter Sessions Court, Jersey City.

Mr. Maged, who is the father of four children, has not paid much attention to the changing order and was only vaguely aware of the existence of a code. He pleaded guilty to the charge that he violated the State code of fair competition for cleaners and dyers.

He had heard of the negotiations among the "higher-ups" in the cleaning and dyeing industry con-cerning attempts at price fixing and regulating, but it had been his conception that these changes were to be directed against the "cut-throat" competition that had been ruining his business. He believed that the codes were designed to help the "little fellow" and could not believe that by charging 35 Cents instead of 44 cents to press a suit would put him behind bars.

In court yesterday he stood as if in a trance when sentence was pro-nounced. He hoped that it was a joke.
Published: April 21, 1934 Copyright © The New York Times
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 10:49:15 AM EST
finally, damn cleaners and there price fixing
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 10:50:59 AM EST
it's amazing we ever recovered from that kind of nonsense that was so rampant.

Link Posted: 11/4/2009 11:58:42 AM EST
But the same jugde probaly gave some CHESTER a free pass.

Next he should give his services away for free.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 12:21:31 PM EST
30 days... HE should BURRRRN!!

seriously wtf? dropping prices is just as bad as raping i guess?
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 12:28:21 PM EST
Such a law makes no sense to me.
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