Taichung AmCham alerted me to this tale of gangsters raiding the local post office (here and here). Earlier this week at the Fengyuan Post Office here in the Kingdom of Chung, people started lining up as early as 3 AM according to media reports to purchase the Year of the Snake stamp sets. However, just as the Post Office was about to open to eager collectors, a group of 70 lads clad identically in black pushed their way to the head of the line and started threatening postal workers and intimidating innocent stamp collectors. Women with children were almost knocked down, according to our intrepid reporters, who managed to get wind of this event. Apparently last year's issue had rocketed from $1000 to $14,000 NT in just a year. Better than gambling and prostitution! Collectors said they didn't expect this year's stamps to do so well, however, so karma may have the last laugh. No word in the media whether our brave policemen had taken time out from their mah jong games to save the stamps and souls at the local post office.
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