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Rotterdam Police Might Confiscate Your Fit

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In a conversation about fashionable European cities, Rotterdam will always earn a deserved mention. However, the Dutch city finds itself at the centre of a much more controversial chat about fashion, as local police may soon have powers to stop and search young people for wearing designer brands, and confiscate them.

 

Police will challenge young people to prove how they were able to obtain expensive items, with a failure to do so meaning the item is eligible to be confiscated, a move which will undoubtedly strike fear in to the hearts of Rotterdam hypebeasts.

 

Police will challenge young people to prove how they were able to obtain expensive items, with a failure to do so meaning the item is eligible to be confiscated, a move which will undoubtedly strike fear in to the hearts of Rotterdam hypebeasts.

Whilst the police haven’t stated what specific crime they’re actually aiming to tackle, a spokesperson for the public prosecution department said: “We know they have clothes that are too expensive to wear with the money they get. We’re going to look at how they get those clothes, where did they buy them, from where the money came that they buy them.” In other words, if they think you look too rough to be rocking an expensive fit, expect to be stopped. 

 

As expected, the trial has received criticism from all angles, with fears that it will cause racial profiling, and widen the divide between youth and police in the city. There are also a number of factors it appears the scheme has failed to account for; the resale market is popular among streetwear brands and therefore second hand buyers are unlikely to have original proof of purchase. Bootleg items are purchased for considerably less than retail and so could be confiscated if police can’t tell the difference between a real and a fake.

 

If you’re visiting Rotterdam soon, you might want to keep your receipts handy, or risk losing some of your dopest outfit.

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