Lets back up to Saturday when I arrived in Belgrade, and my flashing toothbrushes attracted the attention of Customs. My bag was confiscated, toothbrushes removed (and played with be the customs staff as they realized when you move the package a certain way the little lights go off.) boxed up, wrapped with security tape, and I was told to come back on Tuesday to get them. I asked if I would have to pay to get them out of customs, because this is a donation, and they insisted, "Oh no....no...no paying for donation because of customs."
So yesterday Mary and I went to customs to get the toothbrushes, but the staff was not working that day. You know, because Sunday was a holiday, making Monday....and apparently Tuesday too...a holiday. We were told to "come back tomorrow."
Well, it's tomorrow now (Wednesday for those like me who are starting to loose track of time!) and we still can't get the toothbrushes. It's not the $200 import tax that is stopping us. It is the fact every single toothbrush must be individually inspected by "sanitation control", to make sure they are clean.
Seriously. They're in FACTORY SEALED PACKAGES.
And...we may have to pay for the inspection.
If that's the case, we'll be leaving the toothbrushes in customs and eventually the customs employees will take them home for themselves.
Insert big fat sigh here.