No such thing as fallen off the back of a lorry here, fallen from a donkey cart as these cigarettes may have done is more like . there is a lot of contraband in Luxor at the moment the police have been raiding the tourist markets confiscating brands such as nike dolc and cabana , they will most likely find there way again on to the market, knowing how corrupt the country is.
They run about like headless chickens in
the market area here in the street behind my flat, I know when the police raid is on, there is a lot of noise and stall holders taking the goods from the street back into the shop those who have no shop take the goods into a back alley out of view of the police search team,
once the police have gone, back comes the stall holder and hangs his stuff up. all the cops have to do is look behind them. but no not these guys. they have had the orders to search and stop illegal trading so they do what they have been ordered, not their fault the stall holder is a bit more crafty then the cops.
they can only find whats in front of their nose, the hops are only licensed to sell within the confines of the shop they rent, no one is supposed to sell or Hang anything in the street, the reason is because the local council get no rent from the illegal traders.
Nile river police men one of the many who sits on the floating boarding platform of the National ferry, boots unlaced as all these police seem to have ready for taking off when they get a call to prayer, they will sit there all day until its time they need money and go after one of the small craft that take the tourist on a Nile scenic ride, easy target as its the tourist who end up paying the cops bribery money. last time I took a boat ride it cost me an extra 50 because the cops stopped the boat.