Friday, June 19, 2009

My word is my bond

Today's FT reports a bizarre story of two men in their 50s, carrying Japanese passports, on a slow train from Italy to Switzerland earlier this month. They were asked at Chiasso whether they had anything to declare. "No," they said but on further investigation, one of their suitcases was found to have a false bottom which contained a staggering $134bn in counterfeit US Treasury bills, believed to be the work of the Mafia.


Blogger Eurodog said...

Fantastic, I think, in this era of strict border controls. To actually have the guts to carry this out! Maybe they saw the Godfather trilogy.
Should have gone by TGV or by car.

9:17 am  
Blogger kinglear said...

Ah, so that is the " Well yes I have $134billion in my suitcase" ploy....and everyone laughs and walks away.One would have to ask why further investigations were made - must have been shifty looking characters as opposed to the inscrutable easterners we are warned about...

9:33 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today's news that the Japanese have successfully developed SQUARE watermelons. See link:
Never underestimate the Japanese......

3:41 pm  
Blogger Whispering Walls said...

Hi ED - yes, it would be interesting to know why they took the slow train. Maybe they were transacting more business at stops along the way?

Hi KL - the FT implied that they were not really Japanese. Perhaps their poor disguises created suspicion?

Hi Janet - maybe there'll be square apples next?

7:51 am  
Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

They didn't do it by halves, did they?

4:33 pm  

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