--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, Rick Archer 
> on 2/2/06 3:04 PM, Sal Sunshine at [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
> > Why would they need to smuggle cash--or anything else?
> > 

> To avoid having to pay the fees or taxes you have to pay when 
moving money
> from country to country. At least that¹s my understanding.
> > 


There are probably few countries that impose legitimate fees or 
taxes on moving money -- it's more likely that it was done to avoid 
paying bribes to customs officials when they saw a large amount of 
currency there for dipping into. When you leave/enter the USA, you 
need to declare whether you have more than $10K in cash/etc., or you 
could be heavily fined, but there is just about zero possibility of 
a USA customs official asking for a bribe, unlike many countries 
around the world where this is SOP:


> > Sal 
> >  
> > 
> > On Feb 2, 2006, at 2:56 PM, Rick Archer wrote:
> > 
> >>  Also, I'm taking tabla lessons and like to practice every 
night if possible.
> >>  Here a tidbit: I was playing tablas with a little bhajan group 
and a friend
> >>  came up to me afterwards and told me that when he was on 
> >>  Staff, they used to smuggle cash from country to country in 
tablas. They'd
> >>  take the heads off, stuff them with large denomination bills, 
and take them
> >>  as luggage. 
> >

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