The most dangerous aspect of travel in 2020 might not be the novel Coronavirus

Credit: Sax Rohmer Ltd/Bin Duong's market management

The most dangerous aspect of travel in 2020 might not be the novel Coronavirus

There’s really not much in life that’s as gross as a used glove. Yeah, nah, the rubber Johnny might be a lifesaver, but there’s no denying that once it’s used, the only place for it is in the bin. Deadset, on their own, they’re f**ken slimy and disgusting things, but when you add the connotations of disease and filth that comes with them, you can only imagine the horror Vietnamese police felt when they discovered 324,000 used c*ck socks being washed so they could be resold.

Right, if you’re done barfing and you’re still with us, congratulations. You’ve got an iron stomach. So far, there are no quotes from the cops in Vietnam, presumably because they’re still refunding their weet-bix.

Credit: Binh Duong’s market management

Still, what we know is that the filthy things were seized from a warehouse in Binh Duong province of South Vietnam. That’s where Pham Thi Thanh Ngoc, the warehouse owner, was arrested. She’s claiming that once a month she receives a delivery of dirty dingers from an unknown person.

We don’t know if he’s using them all himself, but apparently he does walk bowlegged.


Anyway, once she’s got ‘em, there’s a whole set-up that sees paid employees cleaning them before they’re sold back to the public as if they’re brand spanking new. Apparently, thousands of them have already been sold back to unsuspecting customers.

Credit: Sax Rohmer Ltd

Local reports claimed they were being supplied to hotels and market stalls near the warehouse. The illicit love gloves were confiscated as evidence but will be destroyed as they are considered dangerous medical waste.

A government spokesperson is reported to have said, “these are classified as medical items, so we will take a look at the several laws that the owner has broken.”


Thank f**k for that.

Final thought: Yeah, nah, fortunately not too much travel’s been happening this year, but if you’re the kind of bloke – or sheila – who holidays in Vietnam, it might be a good idea to take your own from now on. Yuck.

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