Compatriot|هموطن


A story by Laleh Chini:

23 years ago, my husband, our 6-year-old son and I flew to Turkey to pay a visit.

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We toured beautiful Istanbul and Ankara for around ten days. To return to Iran, we decided to go by bus so we could see many parts of Turkey and Iran on the way.

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The border was like an airport and there were more than 10 buses and many cars waiting in line to be checked. All the passengers were supposed to stay in the terminal.

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People had their luggage in line and sat on benches, chairs and some on the floor waiting for their bus to come out of customs.

90 percent of the terminal was filled with Iranian people. A couple approached us and started a conversation: “Hi, how are you? What brought you to Turkey?”

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They complimented each one of us and tried to get friendly. They seemed like a nice and normal couple.

Then the couple asked us: “Looks like you don’t have any suitcase.“

My husband said: “We were touring and a carry-on was enough for us.”

 

The couple continued: “Now that you don’t have any luggage, do you mind passing this handmade Turkish rug through customs for us? This way we don’t have to pay duty. We both have two suitcases and if we take this rug they will charge us a lot.”

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My husband without any hesitation said: “Sorry, we can’t.”

The couple said: “Why? That would be very nice of you. You don’t have anything with you. Please just pass this rug for us. God bless you if you do.”

My husband got annoyed and said: “Sorry, I would never do this. I don’t know you. I can’t trust you. Sorry.”

They got mad and mumbled while leaving us: “It was just a rug. Cheap, unkind people are gathered here calling themselves compatriots.”

After a while, they announced our bus number and finally we could get to the bus. When we reached the other side of customs, we saw that couple in handcuffs, the rug was open and there were many small plastic bags filled with drugs.”

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Thank God for my husband’s wise decision, we could have gotten executed for that amount of drugs or rotted in jail forever.

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168 comments

  1. Good lesson for other tourists.

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  2. karma is good at times. nice story sweetie! 🙂

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  3. Wow! I was hoping that you all would say No when I was reading your story for I just sensed something strange about a couple asking that.I can’t imagine the relief you felt when you saw them handcuffed!

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  4. A similar incident happened to my grandfather in America in the 60s, a jacket instead of a rug. He used to tell us his story, teaching us to be cautious. I wonder if this sort of thing happens a lot in airports.

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  5. Intuition should always trump kindness.

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  6. Thank you for sharing your adventures and glad that you did the right thing and not get into trouble… 🙂

    “There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt”

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  7. That’s so scary and thank you for sharing your experience

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  8. I’ll have to tell our daughters about this. “Nice” can get one in a whole lot of trouble. Glad you were safe!

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  9. Dear laleh, what a day and memory, that I would never forget. I’m glad that I refused to help them. Thank you for sharing our memory to be a life lesson for others.

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  10. Reblogged this on lampmagician and commented:
    Think always twice 😊👍❤

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  11. Nothing at all wrong with being cordial and showing common courtesy with strangers — applause to you and your husband for being kind. But trust is not the same thing and requires more than 10-mins or 1-2 weeks or even 2-3 months! Trust is earned by repeated actions matching words. 😉

    A good lesson on human etiquette with discernment Laleh. Thank you. ❤

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  12. I had a similar experience in Bulgaria. My friend was all up for accepting a ‘sweetener’. But myself, no way.

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  13. Wonderful story. Hate to say that the ending was not a surprise. People will try almost anything to get one over.

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  14. In the Caribbean and Brazil, travelers were warned about such tactics at international airports.

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  15. WOW!!!! Your husband made a very wise decision and stuck with it. Good for you both.

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  16. OMG, Laleh, that couple was brutal. But on the other hand those kinds of people are way far form humanity so they can do anything. I am so glad that your husband was wise. I might have said, sure. We are frequent international travelers and my brother always said, don’t ever help anyone in their luggage but I never took it seriously. I am going to share this with him and my mother. Thank you so much for sharing this. It would help a lot of people. I am so glad that you were safe. Thanks to Allah. Stay blessed and stay connected. I have started a series of interview with successful bloggers like yourself. Next week I am featuring my 4th bloggers interview. Would you some times be able to spare some time for me, If I would like to ask you for an interview? Take care

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  17. Heck, damn good job your husband instantly declined taking the rug through. They do advise against things like this but people can be pushy and the kind-hearted people put under pressure end up feeling guilty if they say no. Very good job you stuck to your answer. That must have been quite unnerving to have to deal with their request, let alone terrifying to then see them arrested!
    xx

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  18. Very wise decision!! It’s a shame when people use kindness as a guise to pull off bad deeds. So glad you guys were spared from that.

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  19. Whew! That was a close one! Good thing your husband took that decision!!!

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  20. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    THE FATHER’S MORAL CHARACTER SAVED HIS FAMILY FROM DISASTER!

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  21. I am naïve, gullible and completely non-permanent. I grew up in the shade of family warmth, simple rural life. I would probably take this carpet and lose my life. You have a wise husband, but it also stems from something. Life teaches us.

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  22. Thanks for your like of my post, “Left Behind? Why?” You are very kind.

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  23. Ha, reading the first few lines, I know what’s going to happen. It is always a fine line between being a kind, helpful person and trusting your guts that this is not the time to be helpful. Wise decision!!

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  24. You always have interesting stories! A husband is a protector for his family! God bless!

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  25. Hmmm very wise move indeed by your spouse! Thank God for the spiritual gift of discernment. I knew something was fishy about that couple :/ hmm
    Blessings!

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  26. Thank god that your husband was wise enough to avoid this horrible situation. 😇✌👏

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  27. Thanks God !!!!!

    When you travel abroad, you automatically become vulnerable when ending up in new surroundings and among new people. There is a lot that can happen and you never know when accidents happen, but luckily, there are some things that you can be extra careful with while traveling.

    Here 11 Things to be extra careful with while traveling

    https://www.swedishnomad.com/11-safety-tips-while-traveling/

    Have a nice day my Laleh!!!!

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  28. Thank goodness your husband refused to take the rug.

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  29. Good lessons that u give here

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  30. Unfortunately because of this situations it becomes harder and harder to trust people, even more so when they are too friendly.
    ❤️❤️

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  31. Mijn leuze is niets aannemen of meenemen van iemand anders als je op reis bent.Heel wat goegelovige mensen zijn zo al in de gevangenis geraakt omdat ze aanzien werden als drugsmokkelaar.Gelukkig was je man heel kordaat

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  32. Reblogged this on Have We Had Help? and commented:
    More from Laleh…

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  33. Whoa! So glad you husband declined the offer to “help” this couple. When people get mad after you refuse to do a favour for them, you know there is more going on than meets the eye, no?

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  34. What a helpful story, Laleh! Thank you! We always think such things never can happen to ourselves. Only a short moment without using the brain can bring a lot of problems. A few days ago i watched a TV-docu about such a case. A really good decision of your husband. Best wishes, Michael.

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  35. I’m so glad your husband is very wise. That is a good lesson for all of us.

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  36. Such a shame that trusting people might be conned into something so dangerous. Thank you for the cautionary tale and thank you for following my posts.

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  37. It is always wise and advisabel to carry some mistrust with you…

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  38. Absolutely true! We cannot trust anyone unknown to us nor can we act as their drug mules. A sad blight on society but a very wise decision to decline.

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  39. Sadly, you just can’t blindly trust people. Too many will take advantage of a kind person’s good nature and not think twice about leaving them in a difficult situation.

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  40. Oh, man. Good thing you didn’t do it!

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  41. Nice share. The arrest of drug smugglers was certainly the downside of your exasperating adventure.😊☕❤

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  42. Yes, we have to be careful. I’m so glad nothing happened to y’all.

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  43. Laleh, you’ve shared another interesting story. Thank goodness you and your husband refused to transport that rug!

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  44. Good thing you guys said “No”. I was a bit surprised when you said you saw them getting arrested. Sick how they were trying to get you guys to take it so that they would not be arrested.

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  45. Thanks for following my blog, and for your like of my posts. You are very kind.

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  46. Even with people I know well, when I am asked to do a favor, my stock answer is “I can neither say yes or no, but I’m willing to hear what favor you want from me.” I’ve found that too often the favor entails placing me in the middle of some disagreement between family members or friends, a most uncomfortable place to be.

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  47. Agreed. People we know well would never hurt us, at least never intentionally. With people we don’t know, I agree with your husband, the answer would be an unequivocable NO.

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  48. Thank you, Laleh! This is really good to know.
    It’s lovely to meet you.
    Blessings to you and your husband. Debbie

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  49. Today most people are aware. Great that your husband had this wisdom 23 years back when the world was perhaps a safer place.

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