iPad racketeers' high wire exploits falter
Jobs on the line
Chinese smugglers have been caught transporting a host of Apple goods over a zip-line into Hong Kong in a bid to profit from tax differences.
Using a crossbow, the perpetrators fired a fishing line from a skyscraper in Shenzhen over the Sha Tau Kok river and into a small house in Hong Kong.
The team then filled nylon bags full of iPhone 4s and iPad 2s, before pulleying them across ahead of daybreak, Gizchina reports.
Unfortunately for the would-be profiteers, someone spotted the line and custom officers swooped, confiscating more than 50 devices worth 300,000 Yuan (£28k). Little supplies there then.
If only the smugglers had attached plastic cups to the end of each line, they could have warned one another about a police bust instantly. ®
Doesn't make sense
Unlike China Hong Kong has no sales tax. Electronics bought over the counter here are therefore cheaper.
So these goods had fallen off the back of the proverbial lorry.
OR they were in fact going INTO China.
"Little supplies there then."
Smugglers waiting for daybreak? Lazy sods, what is the world coming to. "the darkest night is the smugglers time".
Surely doing it at daybreak was part of the problem - daybreak is the same as morning and quite different from night.
Morning - the time that is known for being light and having honest people wake up.
Not the best time for a secret crime, really.
Was Batman involved?