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Model fined £1,500 for accidentally smuggling a Subway sandwich through customs

A model has been hit with a hefty fine of over £1,500 ($2,664AUD) for not declaring her Subway sandwich at an airport.

Jessica Lee, an Australian model, took to TikTok and shared her experience when she was handed a ridiculously hefty penalty after returning to her home country from Singapore with the sub in tow.

Lee had purchased the chicken and lettuce foot-long sandwich past customs at the Singapore airport and had intended to finish up her meal on her flight home.

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Despite chowing down on half the sandwich, a fine of £1,516 appears quite hefty for forgetting to declare six inches of chicken and lettuce covered bread.

Lee was caught by customs officers after failing to declare her Subway sandwich, and in an emotional TikTok reel noted that it was an innocent mistake that got her in hot water.

She said it had come at an awful time after stating she was unemployed and struggling to pay her rent, so a costly Subway haul was the last thing the model needed.

Lee, speaking on the reel, said: "It is my mistake, but like, I bought a foot-long Subway at Singapore airport because I was a hungry girl after my 11-hour flight.

"I ate six inches before my second flight and then saved the other six inches for the flight, which they're more than happy with."

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The model also believed that the declaration was only for carry-ons and luggage, and did not realise chicken and lettuce sandwiches needed to be ticked off.

Lee has been given just 28 days to pay the fine, which she notes is also around the same time that her rent is due.

She added: "I quit my job before this trip."

The fine Lee received is in relation to a breach of Australia's strict biosecurity laws, which Lee broke by failing to declare she was travelling with on her Incoming Passenger Card, indy100 reported.

Daily Star has reached out to Australia's Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry for comment.


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