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19th January 2024 By The Global Heroes Articles

Hollywood icon Arnold Schwarzenegger found himself at the center of an unexpected airport saga when he was detained for three hours at Munich airport. The reason? Allegedly failing to declare a luxury watch destined for a charity auction within the European Union (EU).

According to EU regulations, individuals entering the region with "cash or certain valuable items" exceeding €10,000 (£8,580) must declare them. However, reports suggest that Schwarzenegger was not asked to fill out the required declaration form, sparking an investigation into potential tax evasion.

The 76-year-old actor, politician, and environmental advocate encountered a series of obstacles when attempting to settle the tax bill. An initial card machine malfunctioned, and the nearest bank was closed, with ATM withdrawal limits proving insufficient. Customs officials had to bring in a new card machine, delaying the process.

Despite the bureaucratic hurdles, Schwarzenegger's spokesman described the incident as "a total comedy full of errors," suggesting it could make for an amusing police film. A photo published by German tabloid Bild showed the Terminator star smiling while holding a box for the custom-made watch, bearing a note reading "For Austria."

The luxury timepiece, crafted by renowned watchmaker Audemars Piguet, was set to be auctioned at a fundraising dinner for The Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative in Kitzbuhel, Austria. Reports indicated that the watch, one of only 20 in existence, featured an image of Schwarzenegger in his iconic pose with the words 'Arnold Classic.' The starting bid for this exclusive item was listed at €50,000.

The incident, though initially a bureaucratic hiccup, highlighted the philanthropic efforts of Schwarzenegger, who remained composed throughout the ordeal. As the watch made its way to auction, the episode added a touch of unexpected humor to what would undoubtedly be an unforgettable experience for the actor and those involved.

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