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Actually, the purpose of forbidding bags in the consulate is to move people along and avoid having to check bags and store items in the first place. In some places the visa lines exceed US courthouse crowds.  I've been to crowded courts and also seen the visa lines.  

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by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Thu Jul 3rd, 2008 at 03:52:42 PM EST
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