One of my hostel roommates got arrested for importing machetes.Posted by Donna Freedman on Feb 23, 2011 | 17 comments
Made you look, didn’t I?
Seriously: One of the six people in my “pod bed shared room” brought some machetes back from the Congo. The situation is too convoluted to explain because I’m on free wifi at McDonalds and I’m getting glared at for sitting here so long.
Short form: He spent several hours in a jail cell when his souvenirs were discovered.
“They took my pocketknife, too,” he said, sounding dispirited. “They told me any blade that locks is illegal, and any blade longer than three inches is illegal.”
“Most machete blades are longer than three inches,” I agreed.
He’s Canadian, which is not a nationality commonly associated with illicit weaponry. Not that I wish to generalize.
Even better: He was on a Seventh Day Adventist mission trip when he bought the super-sharp hardware.
Can’t wait to meet the other four roomies. They probably light their cigarettes with flamethrowers.