Apparently Homeland Security is all about keeping the country safe, not from terrorism, but from counterfeit NFL merchandise. Government authorities have announced that millions of dollars in counterfeit, “unsafe” NFL merchandise have been seized, amounting to $19.5 million. Thank God they are on the case. It means we have a few less knockoff sports team jerseys, shirts, and hats in the world.
A Customs and Border Protection official said “the sale of counterfeit products are connected to smuggling and other criminal activities and threatens the competitiveness of our businesses, the livelihoods of US workers, and in some cases the health and safety of the consumer.” Of course he didn’t make it clear how exactly such goods are a threat to consumer safety, we at least we know that when you pay for that overpriced item, that money is going towards player salaries that average close to half a million dollars annually. I have to wonder how much it is costing the taxpayer for Homeland Security to be the NFL’s mall security cop though.
The authorities say counterfeit items were seized from locations like flea markets, street vendors, and online shops, with over 50 people taken into custody. Thank God. We will all rest easy tonight.
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