OFFICER: May I see your passport please?
CHARLES: Here is my passport. And this is the declaration form.
OFFICER: What is the purpose of your visit to the United States?
CHARLES: Business. I have a trade convention I'm attending in Chicago.
OFFICER: This visa is good for two weeks. Do you intend to stay longer than that?
CHARLES: No. I will fly back twelve days from now.
OFFICER: And you will do some traveling while you are here?
CHARLES: Yes, I want to spend a couple days in New York. I have friends there I will visit.
OFFICER: What do you have in the bag, Mr. Lee?
CHARLES: Just my cameras, my clothes, and some books.
OFFICER: You're not carrying any food with you today?
OFFICER: Okay, Mr. Lee. This is just a routine check.
Would you mind opening the bag for me?
OFFICER: Hmm. You have three cameras. Are you a photographer?
CHARLES: No, my company makes cameras.
Well, I'm also a photographer, but two of these are for our display.
OFFICER: I see. And what's in this bag?
CHARLES: Egg tarts.
OFFICER: I thought you said you didn't have any food with you today.
CHARLES: I thought you meant vegetables and meat when you asked me. Things like that.
I don't have any vegetables.
OFFICER: I'm sorry, Mr. Lee. Egg tarts are food too. We will have to confiscate these.
OFFICER: Yes, we will have to dispose of them.
CHARLES: It's too bad. They are very delicious.
OFFICER: I know. One out of every three travelers from Taiwan seems to be carrying them.
They are being smuggled in by the thousands.
CHARLES: Oh, well. Not by me.
OFFICER: No, not today at least. Enjoy your visit to the United States, Mr. Lee.
CHARLES: Thank you.