From Part 2 of a series by Patty Vogan of Entrepreneur.com. Here is the previous entry, in case you missed it.
“Here’s where another lesson–and the “fortunate” part of the story–comes in: Never forget that a smile is a universal tool. A kind, honest smile speaks volumes in any language. So I smiled at the Tongan police, unwrapped the brown packages, handed each one of them a bottle of wine and said in my best broken Tongan, “Gift for you.” Then I smiled again. Never underestimate the power of a smile; it kept me out of jail.”