|Posable Prehistoric Tundra Stag-|
I was gifted a beautiful bow by the Charmin of Korea
and I had just the bow (no string and no arrows)
as a carry on. It went through the Korea
customs just fine and it wasn't until I flew into Hong
Kong and went through their transfers.
A stern looking Asian lady with short chopped hair
grabbed the case the bow was in and demands
"What is this!?"
I reply "Oh, this was just a gift, a
bow without arrows or string."
"We've called the police. They will
be here shortly." They escort me
aside and sat me down.
When the first policemen arrives
he is a stern looking Asian man and
non of them speak
English well at all. I try to explain
to him that it was a gift and I didn't
know bows were not
allowed in Hong Kong and that if it
was any trouble at all, I would be ok to leave it there
behind with them. I say very calmly
and as sweetly as I can. He angrily shushes me and
starts to take pictures of the bow and writing
(Apparently they thought I was going
to pull out a rubberband and some pencils
from my purse and go "Katniss" on everyone.)
He then comes over to me
and says something stern. I didn't understand
a word he was saying his Asian accent
was too heavy. I tried to explain I couldn't
understand his accent. This angers him
and he begins yelling right up into my face
like you see on those intense interrogation
films. (Like I was going to understand better
now that he was yelling)
Asking what was my occupation.
I said calmly "I'm an artist."
"An ARCHER!?" He yells.
He then starts explaining (all interrogative like
and still yelling) something else and
he had to repeat himself over and over so he got
angrier and angrier. "Bows are illegal
here, only two things will happen to you now.
You will ether be arrested and taken to
Hong Kong prison. Or you will be arrested
and taken to Hong Kong prison held on trail
and be fined a lot of money! Ether way you
are not leaving Hong Kong!"
(He says all this right up yelling in my face)
I stayed completely calm and absolutely
sweet and the picture of innocents the entire time.
If I was going to jai, I had might as well go with
grace and dignity.
(While also praying hard that I'd stay that way)
Now that I had the basic idea of the point he was
trying to say in English, everything else
he said that I didn't understand at all, I just
politely nodded and said an occasional
"Ok,--- ah, I understand, --oh I'm sorry I
didn't know, it was just a gift." Then gradually he
started to calm down. If I were to get upset too,
or showed any sign that I was even slightly
afraid or nervous. It would have escalated the
situation. People mirror your emotions I noticed
that while giving tours and speeches. If you are
upset, they are upset, If you are calm happy,
they are calm and happy.
I then catch the last part he's saying,
"I will now decide which of the options I will
send you on." I reply sweetly with a nod, "Ok."
More policemen showed up around 8
of them now. They then talked amongst
themselves for a long time in their own language.
They all first looked at the bow, all sternly.
Then when they turned to look at the culprit,
deadly criminal, sitting there all innocently.
Some of their stern expressions broke and
some even smiled! They talked some more
and one of the Hong Kong airport custom
workers who was a young Asian man about
my age and was also filling out my papers
of "being legal." He leans over to me and says
"Don't be nervous, it's going to be alright."
The first policeman who was first interrogating
me approaches me again and says.
"You know what? I am not legally supposed
to do this, but I've decided I want to
let you go on you way. You can even have
your bow but it wont make it any farther
then here. If you still would like it, you have
two weeks to come back to Hong Kong and
mail it to yourself in a package.
Have a nice day." I stood up and bowed the
traditional Asian way in thanks and got to my
next flight just in the nick of time!
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