It's all Miss Cleo's Fault

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More forward-looking regulatory ideas from the People's Republic of San Francisco: $500 permits for psychics and seers. A new proposal by busybody supervisor Aaron Peskin would require psychics to shell out for permits, post rate cards, and give up such classic tricks as the knot in the thread, the blood in the glass and the hair in the grapefruit. Think this isn't a serious problem? Read on, Muggle Patsy:

Peskin introduced a 36-year-old San Francisco woman who lost $17,000 last year to a Richmond District fortune-teller.

The fortune-teller charged the victim hundreds of dollars per visit and tricked her into buying two $2,000 gift certificates at Union Square stores. The fortune-teller said she would bless the gift certificates and return them to her lovelorn client, so that she could give the certificates to her estranged husband and win him back. Instead, the fortune-teller used the certificates herself.

"I don't know why I believed her," recalled the victim, who did not want to be identified. "It was so stupid. I lost my sanity, I guess."

Sounds to me like the psychic did give this woman some valuable information. The new law would cover fortunetelling by crystal balls, tarot cards, astrology charts, "sticks, dice, tea leaves, coins, sand and coffee grounds." Peskin insists he's not out to stop "legitimate" psychics—presmably those who already know whether his silly bill will pass.

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  1. i think he can foresee our success in the future, so i think that it is pretty good.

  2. i think fortune tellers are FAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 THATS WHAT THEY ARE SCAM ARTIST!

  3. Why would you even think twice about listening to a stupid psychic? Why waste your money?

  4. I am a psychic and I can communicate with the dead. If you only were blessed with just the tiniest part of my gift, you could understand the great miracle in this undertaking, and maybe you would think twice before insulting such a miraculous profession. A curse on your houses. You don’t have to believe, but you are very wrong, and there will come a day when you will learn that we are right, and you will wish that you would have believed. But it will be too late. God have mercy on your soul.

  5. Only the real people know the truth

  6. Only the real people know the truth

  7. i am a psychic…
    jo i see your future in a insane assylum

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