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What is the purposes or tone of this article, making it sound nefarious. The implication of AP writer Winfield is that this is a massive retail operation for people to evade taxes. Maybe 700 people and their friends and families.
So I ask what is the difference between that and all the people who buy in duty-free border or airport stores or file export tax refund forms such as offered in Europe? DAILY Thousands of Americans bring their legal limit into the US after shopping in places such as France, England, or for that matter in Toronto and other Canadian cities, or the massive trade shopping in Mexico. How about shopping on cruise ships once out of US waters? How about all those entitled to shop at base exchanges in the US who take their friends into the local base to buy cheap with the military discount? Or just order online and deliver?
Making the Vatican store sound scandalous when all countries do the same is shameful. It could have been a nice article, without the innuendo.
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