Customs Officers are quite tolerant these days, but they can still stop you when you are going through the Green Channel and
have nothing to declae. Even really honest people are often made to feel guilty. The hardened professional smuggler, on the other
hand, is never troubled by such feelings, even if he has five hundred gold watches hidden in his suitcase. When I returned from
abroad recently, a particularly officious young Customs Officer clearly regarded me as a smuggler.
'Have you anything to declare?' he asked, looking me in the eye.
'No,' I answered confidently.
'Would you mind unlocking this suitcase please ?'
'Not at all,' I answered.
The Officer went through the case with great care. All the things I had packed so carefully were soon in a dreadful mess. I felt
sure I would never be able to close the case again. Suddenly, I saw the Officer's face light up. He had spotted a tiny bottle at the
bottom of my case and he pounced on it with delight.
'Perfume, eh?' he asked sarcastically. 'You should have declared that. ' Perfume is not exempt from import duty.'
'But it isn't perfume,' I said.' It's hair-oil.' Then I added with a smile,' It's a strange mixture I make myself.'
As I expected, he did not believe me.
'Try it!' I said encouragingly.
The Officer unscrewed the cap and put the bottle to his nostrils. He was greeted by an unpleasant smell which convinced him that
I was telling the truth. A few minutes later, I was able to hurry away with precious chalk-marks on my baggage.
◆guilty adj. 犯罪的，违法的
◆tolerant adj. 宽容的
◆declare v. 申报
◆hardened adj. 有经验的
◆professional adj. 职业的，专业的
◆smuggler n. 走私者
◆officious adj. 爱管闲事的
◆confidently adj. 自信地
◆dreadful adj. 可怕的，一团糟的
◆pounce v. 猛抓， 扑住
◆perfume n. 香水
◆sarcastically adv. 讽刺地
◆exempt adj. 被免除的
◆duty n. 税
◆gel n. 凝胶
◆mixture n. 混合物
◆unscrew v. 拧开
◆nostril n. 鼻孔
◆chalk n. 粉笔
◆baggage n. 行李
★guilty adj. 犯罪的，违法的