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They're Now Taxing Shadows
The rationale appears to go something like this:
An awning casts a shadow on public property and therefore you must pay to use that property.
The best thing about this policy (if you’re the government) is that taken to its logical extreme, you could charge everyone a fee on sunny days. Unless you’re a vampire, you probably are using public land by casting a shadow.
We would also note that this gives new meaning to the term "shadow banking."