BIT­TER­SWEET

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Po­lice ar­rested a man last month and charged him with in­tent to dis­trib­ute sugar. In light of a na­tion­wide short­age of the sweet stuf f, of fi­cials lim­ited Egyp­tians to two kilo­grams per per­son. Ap­par­ently, that news some­how didn’t reach the al­leged dealer, who told the au­thor­i­ties the sugar was for his fam­ily’s café. But pros­e­cu­tors said the 10 ki­los he was carr y i ng “ex­ceeded pos­ses­sion of amounts rea­son­able for per­sonal use,” and ac­cused him of at­tempt­ing to prof­i­teer by re­selling the sugar at an in­flated price. He was even­tu­ally re­leased on LE 1,000 bail, but the au­thor­i­ties an­nounced they were set­ting up a tip hot­line for cit­i­zens to re­port sus­pi­cious sales of sugar and rice. Per­haps soon we’ll have can­dys­nif fing dogs and a red-light district of bak­eries. Ahram On­line, Oct. 16

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