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GirlinContempt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-17-09 12:28 PM
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43. One time when my sister and I were very young
a US customs official gave my parents an INCREDIBLY hard time for over an hour at the boarder. We're Canadian, and I don't know about in the US but here you put your children on your own passport, up till the age of I think 12. The kids pictures aren't on the passport, just the parents.

The customs official accused my parents of being kidnappers, said he had no way of knowing that these were really their children (or even really the children on the passports), and when my mother said to ask us, he accused them of threatening and abusing us so we would answer properly. This guy was the biggest asshole of all time. There was NO reason to treat my parents this way, they were in no way suspicious. We were a normal white (which shouldn't matter but sadly often does) upper middle class (which shouldn't matter but sadly often does) family in a Volvo station-wagon with nothing suspicious in our luggage, on our persons, nothing. We'd made many trips as a family over the border and never had this problem EVER before. My parents had their passports, drivers licenses, insurance and registration, health cards, everything. It was awful, my parents were so upset about it. I remember my mum crying over it. This guy just WOULDN'T stop! He kept accusing them of being kidnappers, abusing children, all sorts of awful stuff. Finally though, he let us through. He had to, he had *NOTHING* to go on.

My parents decided to go and file a complaint, because it was just so awful. Guess who was sitting at the desk when they did?

THE SAME GUY.

Ugh.



I know it's not the same thing. But that is REAL abuse of your power I think, and wrong.
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