Quote of the Day - Smugglers are inventive, but this is the first time we have come across a loaf of bread as a vehicle for contraband cigarettes.
Trade between nations is a matter of commerce, of course. But what when the nations are in the same country?
The border between Hong Kong and China is heavily patrolled. Since its return to China from Britain in 1997, the separation between the haves and the have-nots has grown wider. Those who live in Hong Kong have, while those who live in China comparatively have not.
Thus the rise of smugglers who until now have mostly dug tunnels, without much luck in smuggling electronics and mobile phones from one side to the other. In addition, they piped diesel gas between the two.
If you can't go down, maybe you can go up.
Perhaps taking a chapter from medieval battles, smugglers in China looked up and found a solution quite different than tunneling.
From the rooftop of a high rise in China, they shot a cable across the border to a village house in Hong Kong. Sixteen smugglers then rigged a pulley system on the zip line to shuffle stolen mobile phones and electronics from Hong Kong to China, and then sell them.
According to the South China Morning Post, [e]lectronics goods worth more than $770,000 were seized, including 3,300 mobile phones and 2,100 computer memory cards."
It was difficult, however, to figure out how to transport the diesel along the zip line.
What with the price of gas, and all.
You can read more stories like this one in my How to Get Sued book from Kaplan Publishing to be released June 3rd.