Subway repays the Australian traveler with a gift card for the same amount.
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Filling out the customs declaration form when entering a country is essential.
A customs declaration is a form that lists the details of goods being imported or exported when a citizen or visitor enters a customs territory (country’s borders).
An Australian woman learned it the hard way when she took home a Subway’s sandwich from Singapore.
She was fined A$2664 (RM8,175) for failing to declare the fast food at the airport in Australia.
Jessica Lee had purchased the foot-long sandwich at Singapore Airport, and it was half eaten when the customs singled her out.
She shared her experience in a TikTok post, which went viral with 1.1 million views in three weeks.
@_jessicaleeee Australian government tings 🥰🥰 starting that OF back up again to SURVIVE the next few months #fyp #australia #subway #boujee ♬ original sound – Jessica Lee
I thought the little declaration thing you do is for your carry-ons and your luggage, so I didn’t tick chicken and I didn’t tick lettuce. Chicken and lettuce!Jessica Lee on being given a hefty fine over a sandwich.
Jessica acknowledged that it was her mistake to fail to declare, but she didn’t think that her fast food would get her into trouble.
A Year’s Supply Of Subway
In response, Subway made up for her disappointment with a gift box which included a voucher for A$2664 worth of food.
She posted the happy moment on TikTok with the caption, “@subwayaustralia ARE YOU KIDDING? Basically free subs for a year”.
@_jessicaleeee Replying to @subwayaustralia ARE YOU KIDDING?! 😩😻😻 basically free subs for a year #fyp #subwayfine #subway #eatfresh ♬ original sound – Jessica Lee
Subway also wrote her a card.
To say thank you for eating fresh we’ve uploaded a Sub card with $2664 just for you. We hope this covers all your chicken and lettuce needed. Love from your Subway fans.Subway’s loving message to its customer Jessica Lee.
Jessica was not the first traveler to face such a fine for failing to declare her items.
In 2018, a Malaysian traveller was fined NT$30,000 (RM4,000) by the Taipei customs for bringing two pieces of fried chicken into Taiwan.
According to Sinchew, the passenger lined up in lane number 6, designated for those with nothing to declare.
The two pieces of fried chicken weighed 160g.
Taiwanese authorities said fried chicken is classified as a meat product and therefore is strictly forbidden to be brought into the country.
Unlike Jessica, she was not compensated in any way.