Fishy Heroin

May 26, 2006 at 2:13 am 7 comments

We all bring back strange souvenirs when we travel abroad. After we return home we wonder, "What the h*ll was I thinking?" and "Where are we going to put it?"  Why do we do this?

Well, for various reasons.  Here's a true story .  A few years ago I was in a small  group which set out to visit the Teotihuacan pyramids outside of Mexico City. Before the tour guide took us to view the pyramids, he escorted us to a gift ship outside of the complex and introduced us to the Gift Shop Man. Before they took us into the gift ship, they herded us over to a large plant, which they told us was the blue agave.  The Gift Shop Man explained that the blue agave plant was the source of tequila and gave some standard lecture on the manufacture and history of said alcoholic beverage.  Then he magically produced some plastic cups and a few bottles and told us Mexico manufactured several kinds of tequila, and we should have the opportunity to taste a few varieties. What a generous gift shop owner!

My memories start to become a bit hazy at about this point, but four or five shots of tequila later they allowed us into the gift shop. At first I felt fine, but then I developed a strong desire to acquire a turtle made of obsidion and tiger's eye.  So I did.  That's not so bad, really.  But it gets worse.

I noticed a large (over a foot long), purple papier-mache fish with bright,  fanciful flowers painted on each side.  I stood, or wobbled, in front of it for a period of time, I'm not sure how long.  But the longer I gazed at the fish, the more impressed I was by its splendor.  The more impressed I was, the more I wanted to purchase it.  So I did.  I cannot explain this.  Oh yes, I can. Four or five shots of tequila.

So what does this have to do with fishy heroin?  Nothing, except it makes me wonder what this Australian tourist in Cambodia was drinking when he felt the need to acquire several jars of pickled fish fillets. He then did what the rest of us do with our tourist purchases. He packed them up in his suitcase and took them home. 

 Unfortunately, the Adelaide International Airport contains some nosy customs officers who were curious as to why one person would require so many jars of pickled fish. So they opened the jars, examined the fillets, and found 39 condoms stuffed with heroin.  Oops!  That will teach him to remain sober while doing his tourist shopping.

                          Pickled fish

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. goodhairday  |  May 26, 2006 at 3:40 am

    I love shopping after happy hour.

    Reply
  • 2. Muslihoon  |  May 26, 2006 at 7:00 pm

    Your experience demonstrated an interesting technique to get people to buy stuff.

    Reply
  • 3. elzbth  |  May 26, 2006 at 10:58 pm

    It was certainly effective . I am surprised more gift shops don’t employ this technique.

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  • 4. digitalbrownshirt  |  May 27, 2006 at 12:43 pm

    It’s the same technique that drug dealers have used for years. Give them the first hit for free, maybe have a couple of beers, then get down to business.

    Sort of like gambling in casinos too.

    Reply
  • 5. digitalbrownshirt  |  May 30, 2006 at 1:19 am

    I tried doing a trackback, but I can’t figure out how to do it with a wordpress blog, so here’s the LINK.

    Reply
  • 6. elzbth  |  May 30, 2006 at 4:24 am

    Thanks, Digital Brownshirt.

    Reply
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