How to say nicely no, we can't bring a parcel back into Australia?
December 28, 2013 4:35 AM Subscribe
We're staying at an Airbnb in Malaysia and the host has asked us if we could bring a small present back to Australia with us, for a friend of hers who also lives in Australia. There is no way in the world I am doing this. I am 99.9 percent certain that it is just Chinese New Year decorations as the host says, but I really have no way of knowing for sure and have no ambitions whatsoever to find out that it is something prohibited or illegal from a customs officer on arrival in Australia. How can I say phrase my refusal so that she doesn't loose face?
posted by t0astie to Human Relations (26 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Other info: The host has been extremely friendly and helpful and has great reviews. It won't help if we see it unwrapped - I'm not comfortable taking anything I haven't purchased myself through customs. We can't say there's no room in our luggage as apparently it's tiny. I know I can just say 'no' outright and I don't owe her an explanation. I'm looking for a script to make a graceful refusal.