Dildo in the Suitcase

Dildo in the Suitcase

While delayed in London, Ethiopian Airlines gave me the wrong boarding ticket. I board the flight the following morning and arrive in Harare and my bags aren't there. I came back to the airport the next day to find the bags and met Ezekiel the professional customs official. Ezekiel the Professional notices the abnormal box that was with my luggage. He assessed my duty tax and wrote out an invoice and customs charge form.

While he cracked pen and paper I asked him, "What's the weirdest thing you've every found in someone’s bag?”

Without hesitating, “A dildo!" he said, “It was hilarious."

"Did you charge duty?" I asked.
“No, we threw it away.”
“Whoa, was the lady mad?”
"Yes she was." He went on “You see, we don't allow dildos and pornography through our borders. You'll get arrested with porn and all dildos will be confiscated. We want to try and keep a degree of high standards when it comes to these issues.”

I'm not sure how many places in the world confiscate dildos at the border, but it should get you thinking: What principles do you want to preserve in your business or your life? What will you allow through your life borders? Are there any taboos? If not, why not?

There are few things I like about going through customs in Africa, but standing for principles at the border is an admirable one.

(photo via tom godber)