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Beer Poses as Soda to Get into Saudi Arabia


Saudi Customs' officer cuts open Pepsi labels from cans and finds they are actually beer.

Saudi Customs' officer cuts open Pepsi labels from cans and finds they are actually beer.


It seemed like a routine transport of soft drinks: 48,000 cans of Pepsi cola.

But when customs officials in Saudi Arabia looked more closely at the shipment, they found beer instead.

The officials tore off the Pepsi labels on the cans. Underneath were Heineken beer labels.

The reason for the trickery is clear. Alcohol is banned in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi customs agents made the discovery Thursday near the border with the United Arab Emirates.

There is no information about what happened to the driver of the truckload of “fake soda.”

I'm Caty Weaver.

Bruce Alpert adapted this story for VOA earning English. Kathleen Struck was the editor.

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Words in This Story

routine – adj. a regular way of doing things in a particular order

labeln. piece of paper, cloth, or similar material that is attached to something to identify or describe it

trickery n. the use of tricks to deceive or cheat someone

fakeadj. meant to look real or genuine but not real or genuine

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