A middle-aged man from Shenzhen attempted to cross the border into Hong Kong with around $74,000 in US currency strapped around his waist last Friday, but was stopped by customs officials because he looked suspiciously-pudgy.
The officers noticed that the man was wearing a jacket, even though the weather was quite hot, and that he was acting rather strangely, regularly glancing over at them. They walked over to question the man and inspect him with their scanner. During their inspection, an alarm sounded, revealing that the man’s beer belly was in fact a pile of dough. Knowing that the cat was out of the bag, the man confessed to his crimes, NetEase reports.
Around his waist, the man had wrapped a custom-made grey scarf with six pockets. Inside each pocket was a fat stack of cash. In total, officers found that he had $74,000 strapped around his waist.
The maximum that you are allowed to leave China with is $5,000. For more than that, you need a bank certificate issued by the customs authority. Obviously, this guy didn’t have that. It’s not known what exactly he planned to do with all that American cash in Hong Kong. Maybe buy some nail polish?
HK customs are always on the alert for smugglers, though more often those that are entering China with sofas stuffed full of foreign cigarettes, sneakers filled with gold bars or suitcases packed with ivory.
And while $74,000 in cash may seem like an impressive amount to keep on your body, officials have seen way more than that. Just last year a Hong Kong woman was caught crossing the border into the mainland with $200,000 strapped to her body. The year before that, a Hong Kong man was discovered to have an incredible $580,000 strapped around his legs.
Looks like smugglers need to be more creative about where they strap their cash.
By Katie Ngai
[Images via NetEase]