Alibaba In Tehran
Alibaba left Iran in about 1969, and came back for the first time in the late 80’s.
When he arrived at the house he was not happy at all: his handicam was taken at the airport and he was told that he will have it back when he leaves the country. We all laughed and told him how naïve he was: when asked if he had something to declare he should have simply said NO and avoided all complications. The next day he went downtown for some errands, he returned outraged: he had seen huge billboards advertising the exact model of his camera all over the city and recited his favorite quote: “I don’t understand……” 🙂
Anyway, when he left he got his camera back – but that, by itself, is another story.
On his next trip few months later, he was delighted. He opened his luggage and showed us his brand new laptop and said victoriously: “This time I said I have nothing to declare”.We all laughed again and told him that he didn’t get it at all. This time he should have declared his laptop because now when leaving, he cannot take it out of the country.
Alibaba still does not understand 🙂