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Heading to Italy this summer? Whatever you do, don't try and buy a counterfeit handbag. Ursula Corel, an Austrian woman on vacation in Jesolo, near Venice, tried to buy a €7 fake Louis Vuitton purse from a hawker on the beach. Little did she know, the police were watching her from the lifeguard gower—and slapped her with a €1,000 fine. The Jesolo police force has assembled a 20-strong special force to crack down on counterfeit vendors this summer. It is also illegal to kiss in cars or build sandcastles in the beach town. [Guardian]