Man tapes 94 iPhones on his body to smuggle into China
Crazy Chinese people news now, and a man has been arrested after trying to smuggle 94 iPhones into China. You might not think that this is mental at all...
...but this man tried to do it by strapping them on to his body, of course.
The man caught the attention of inspectors at the Futian crossing in Shenzhen, a southern Chinese metropolis bordering Hong Kong, who noticed the gent was walking a little funny carrying a couple of carrier bags, and was waved through when there was nothing suspicious found in the bags.
However, when he went through the metal detector, the alarms went off and he was busted.
Photos released by customs show dozens of neatly shrink-wrapped shiny iPhones strapped around the man's chest, abdomen, crotch and thighs with duct tape. Dude clearly went to some right effort.
iPhones are quite the thing in China, with consumers going nuts for the gadget ahead of the launch of iPhone 6 last year. Apple handsets are also more expensive in the mainland than Hong Kong, due to higher import taxes. Fr'instance, an iPhone 6 with 64 gigabytes of storage, sells for almost $1,000 in the mainland but only about $820 in Hong Kong, hence a bit of a black market has sprung up.
This isn't the first case of iPhone smuggling the authorities have seen, Shenzhen customs officials disclosed that they have caught 18 mules strapping smuggled electronic products - including 282 iPhones - on, or in their bodies since December.
One can only applaud the audacity and madness of the man who thought "Yeah. 94 iPhones strapped on my body. That'll work. NO ONE WILL SUSPECT A THING".
But in Mandarin obviously.