[00:11.89]What was the Customs Officer looking for?
[00:17.19]Customs Officers are quite tolerant these days,
[00:20.31]but they can still stop you when you are going through the Green Channel and have nothing to declare.
[00:27.01]Even really honest people are often made to feel guilty.
[00:31.82]The hardened professional smuggler, on the other hand, is never troubled by such feelings,
[00:37.07]even if he has five hundred gold watches hidden in his suitcase.
[00:41.91]When I returned from abroad recently,a particularly officious young Customs Officer clearly regarded me as a smuggler.
[00:51.77]'Have you anything to declare?' he asked, looking me in the eye.
[00:56.52]'No,'I answered confidently.
[00:59.44]'Would you mind unlocking this suitcase please?'
[01:03.37]'Not at all,' I answered.
[01:05.81]The Officer went through the case with great care.
[01:09.79]All the things I had packed so carefully were soon in a dreadful mess.
[01:14.56]I felt sure I would never be able to close the case again.
[01:18.71]Suddenly,I saw the Officer's face light up.
[01:22.62]He had spotted a tiny bottle at the bottom of my case and he pounced on it with delight.
[01:30.17]'Perfume,eh?' he asked sarcastically.
[01:33.09]'You should have declared that.
[01:34.86]Perfume is not exempt from import duty.'
[01:38.48]'But it isn't perfume, I said. 'It's hair gel.'Then I added with a smile,
[01:44.67]'It's a strange mixture I make myself.
[01:48.41]As I expected,he did not believe me.
[01:51.86]'Try it!' I said encouragingly.
[01:54.52]The Officer unscrewed the cap and put the bottle to his nostrils.
[01:59.56]He was greeted by an unpleasant smell which convinced him that I was telling the truth.
[02:05.48]A few minutes later,I was able to hurry away with precious chalk marks on my baggage.