(CBS 3) PHILADELPHIA — A sweeping raid by Licenses and Inspections led to misfortune for Philadelphia fortune tellers as all psychic businesses were shut down due to a decades old city law.
It turns out fortune telling in Pennsylvania has been illegal for more than 30 years. A 1971 law makes it a 3rd degree misdemeanor for “A person (who) pretends for gain or lucre to tell fortunes or predict future events by cards, tokens, the inspection of the head or hands of any person.”
The seers, including five fortune tellers, were unable to foresee the issuance of cease operation and stop work orders from L&I Wednesday. Psychic Monica was stunned to see the notice that her license was revoked, essentially shutting down her business. “Unfortunately I wasn’t able to predict this,” said Psychic Monica.