The former governor of California and Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger had to pay 5,000 euros to the customs officers at Munich Airport for smuggling his own used underwear without declaring it. The incident occurred on Tuesday, when Schwarzenegger came to Germany to promote his new movie.
The customs officials discovered that Schwarzenegger had 10 pairs of worn underwear in his carry-on bag, worth over 10,000 euros. The underwear was from his personal collection, which he claimed to have worn in his famous movies, such as The Terminator, Predator, and Conan the Barbarian. They claimed that Schwarzenegger did not declare the underwear as required by the law, and tried to pass it off as souvenirs for his fans.
Schwarzenegger confessed his mistake and explained that he was planning to auction the underwear for charity, and that he had forgotten to fill out the customs form. He apologized for the trouble, and hoped to raise a lot of money for a good cause. He also expressed his pride in his underwear, and said that he had washed them before packing them.
The customs officers were astonished and amused by Schwarzenegger’s admission, and decided to let him go after paying the fine. They remarked that Schwarzenegger was very friendly and cooperative, and that he even joked about the situation.
“I’ll be back,” he quipped, “but next time, I’ll declare everything.”