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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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  -Not everything you read on the internet is true: hedgehog  Oct-17-09 09:15 AM   #0 
  - Saw this posted here yesterday by somebody.  lamp_shade   Oct-17-09 09:18 AM   #1 
  - It was a hot and heavy post. I thought that more people would see it today if  hedgehog   Oct-17-09 09:24 AM   #4 
     - I didn't post it... and I had no comment because I suspected it was weak.  lamp_shade   Oct-17-09 09:33 AM   #5 
        - I didn't mean to imply that I was taking umbrage with you.  hedgehog   Oct-17-09 09:52 AM   #12 
  - For Real?  zorahopkins   Oct-17-09 09:20 AM   #2 
  - I'm sorry but I don't believe that...  Curtland1015   Oct-17-09 09:21 AM   #3 
  - WOW - Immediate credible transparency  FreakinDJ   Oct-17-09 09:34 AM   #6 
  - It's probably just a hobby with them....  old mark   Oct-17-09 09:39 AM   #8 
  - Just glad its not a Fetish with them  FreakinDJ   Oct-17-09 10:03 AM   #15 
  - LOL  iamjoy   Oct-17-09 10:06 AM   #17 
     - I don't know what the protocols are today, but on one trip the  hedgehog   Oct-17-09 10:13 AM   #19 
        - LOL!  tammywammy   Oct-17-09 10:15 AM   #20 
        - I'm a little disappointed that Americans are so readily conformist  old mark   Oct-17-09 10:52 AM   #25 
           - I think Americans follow rules and regulations because  hedgehog   Oct-17-09 11:49 AM   #36 
           - I've recently gone through security in Heathrow and Frankfort.. I couldn't see a difference  Orangepeel   Oct-17-09 12:33 PM   #44 
              - god knows what he would have done with that.......nt  old mark   Oct-17-09 04:08 PM   #64 
  - Not being a flyer  ipaint   Oct-17-09 09:34 AM   #7 
  - If by the "TSA took my baby away" (a long lost Ramones song?)  myrna minx   Oct-17-09 09:39 AM   #9 
  - I liked the part about sneakily getting her cell phone in order to make two calls  tammywammy   Oct-17-09 09:57 AM   #13 
     - I'm going to play the race card. How much of her anger was due  hedgehog   Oct-17-09 10:18 AM   #21 
        - Ohhh, nice angle!  rd_kent   Oct-17-09 10:33 AM   #23 
        - OH, excellent angle  tammywammy   Oct-17-09 10:59 AM   #28 
           - She says she has xanex - it appears she does have issues  merh   Oct-17-09 11:48 AM   #35 
              - The video was blurred as a courtesy. According to the woman's  hedgehog   Oct-17-09 11:50 AM   #37 
              - And that required the entire "wanding" to be blurred?  merh   Oct-17-09 12:37 PM   #46 
              - I agree, if it was just the metal clip she should have been able to remove it  tammywammy   Oct-17-09 12:35 PM   #45 
                 - You mean to tell me the fact that the TSA released a video  merh   Oct-17-09 12:39 PM   #47 
                    - No, it doesn't  tammywammy   Oct-17-09 12:42 PM   #48 
                       - I see. So in your opinioin, it is okay that they required she unzip her pants?  merh   Oct-17-09 12:51 PM   #50 
                          - I suggest you write to the blogger and have her request the TSA release the video unblurred n/t  tammywammy   Oct-17-09 01:00 PM   #53 
                          - That's not the point.  merh   Oct-17-09 01:03 PM   #54 
                             - There are people on here who apparently think it's perfectly ok for  LibDemAlways   Oct-17-09 01:39 PM   #56 
                                - Christ, there were men all around and the area is open to the public  merh   Oct-17-09 02:13 PM   #57 
                                - I noticed the missing seconds, too. Suspect TSA is only showing what it wants  LibDemAlways   Oct-17-09 03:07 PM   #59 
                                - I hope the blogger gets an attorney.  merh   Oct-17-09 03:12 PM   #60 
                                   - There was definitely more going on there than TSA was  LibDemAlways   Oct-17-09 03:20 PM   #61 
                                      - I agree.  merh   Oct-17-09 03:38 PM   #62 
                                - It seems to me  GirlinContempt   Oct-17-09 05:26 PM   #66 
                                   - Wrong - there was no camera change - there were two cameras  merh   Oct-17-09 08:05 PM   #79 
                                      - Generally, they are in synch  GirlinContempt   Oct-17-09 10:07 PM   #81 
                                         - No, they didn't go to a different camera.  merh   Oct-17-09 10:36 PM   #85 
                                            - Sorry, that's what I meant by 'go to a different camera'  GirlinContempt   Oct-17-09 10:43 PM   #88 
                                               - It is just an assumption that all the cameras have the same time  merh   Oct-17-09 11:06 PM   #89 
                                               - Hey, I said I have no way of knowing if they have the same time  GirlinContempt   Oct-17-09 11:51 PM   #90 
                                               - self delete  merh   Oct-18-09 12:12 AM   # 
                                               - I think some of it's lunacy on the other side too  GirlinContempt   Oct-18-09 12:14 AM   #92 
                                               - I'd have contacted a lawyer by now  merh   Oct-18-09 12:12 AM   #91 
                                               - Instead of contacting a lawyer, she's contacting publishers  GirlinContempt   Oct-19-09 03:17 PM   #94 
                                               - Where did you read about her contacting publishers?  merh   Oct-19-09 04:10 PM   #95 
                                               - She said it herself re: publishers  GirlinContempt   Oct-20-09 09:01 AM   #97 
                                               - Oh, so you post me someone's blog that interprets her blog and  merh   Oct-20-09 11:19 AM   #100 
                                               - I linked you to the screen shots  GirlinContempt   Oct-20-09 01:42 PM   #101 
                                               - They do.  merh   Oct-20-09 01:47 PM   #102 
                                               - "eh i can put it up on my blog,  GirlinContempt   Oct-20-09 02:11 PM   #104 
                                               - She did post a response  merh   Oct-20-09 01:51 AM   #96 
                                               - I read that, I posted that to you.  GirlinContempt   Oct-20-09 09:13 AM   #98 
                                               - You didn't post that link to me. I asked you for something  merh   Oct-20-09 11:02 AM   #99 
                                               - I linked you to that post in her blog earlier.  GirlinContempt   Oct-20-09 02:04 PM   #103 
                                               - I've already detailed the problems with the video and the  merh   Oct-20-09 02:41 PM   #105 
                                               - And I've told you that I don't believe  GirlinContempt   Oct-20-09 02:59 PM   #106 
                                               - You read her blog with skeptism though you are not skepitcal  merh   Oct-20-09 03:57 PM   #107 
                                               - Sorry, I should have said  GirlinContempt   Oct-20-09 04:20 PM   #108 
                                               - Of course we can part amicably  merh   Oct-20-09 04:32 PM   #109 
                                               - Good good  GirlinContempt   Oct-20-09 05:37 PM   #110 
                                               - I've noticed a lot of that silliness.  merh   Oct-20-09 09:49 PM   #111 
                                               - Sent  GirlinContempt   Oct-20-09 10:03 PM   #112 
                                               - reply sent.  merh   Oct-20-09 10:44 PM   #113 
                                - My mistake - the blog says she had to unbutton her jeans.  hedgehog   Oct-17-09 02:58 PM   #58 
                                   - Then why did the TSA blur the image if the image was just that  merh   Oct-17-09 03:41 PM   #63 
                                      - Well, I think I'll ask them why on their blog  GirlinContempt   Oct-17-09 05:53 PM   #67 
                                         - If you get an answer please let me know.  merh   Oct-17-09 06:12 PM   #68 
                                            - I counted one for the majority  GirlinContempt   Oct-17-09 06:24 PM   #69 
                                               - You can't tell, it is blurred.  merh   Oct-17-09 06:59 PM   #72 
                                                  - You can tell, actually, that it was only one.  GirlinContempt   Oct-17-09 07:22 PM   #75 
                                                  - I don't think it was a total fabrication  merh   Oct-17-09 07:59 PM   #78 
                                                  - You're right, it's edited.  GirlinContempt   Oct-17-09 09:51 PM   #80 
                                                  - I'm not defending her  merh   Oct-17-09 10:29 PM   #84 
                                                  - Ok, then I don't disagree with you.  GirlinContempt   Oct-17-09 10:37 PM   #86 
                          - She never said she had to pull them down  GirlinContempt   Oct-17-09 05:22 PM   #65 
  - Funny, I went into the court house a few weeks ago with a knife in my pocket  old mark   Oct-17-09 09:42 AM   #10 
  - I'm not sure what you are saying; your experience sounds very  hedgehog   Oct-17-09 10:05 AM   #16 
     - Sorry I wasn't clear - It went smoothly and was no problem for anyone -  old mark   Oct-17-09 10:48 AM   #24 
  - She lost me when she said she was in a hurry...  rucky   Oct-17-09 09:43 AM   #11 
  - I'm The Opposite  iamjoy   Oct-17-09 10:08 AM   #18 
  - Well, if it happened  TicketyBoo   Oct-17-09 11:34 AM   #33 
     - She was in there for less than sixty seconds before she started to get agitated.  GirlinContempt   Oct-17-09 12:55 PM   #52 
  - The TSA and the DHS are fascist organizations  ixion   Oct-17-09 09:58 AM   #14 
  - Agreed.  LibDemAlways   Oct-17-09 11:19 AM   #31 
  - Will any of the DUers that berated anyone who DARED to question this story apologise?  rd_kent   Oct-17-09 10:32 AM   #22 
  - That funny.  ipaint   Oct-17-09 10:56 AM   #27 
     - Dont even try it!  rd_kent   Oct-17-09 10:59 AM   #29 
  - The mother lied.  TexasObserver   Oct-17-09 10:53 AM   #26 
  - Where is the proof that the woman in the video and the woman on the  LibDemAlways   Oct-17-09 11:15 AM   #30 
  - Because if it wasn't the same woman, their disinfo could be blown away in seconds  Bucky   Oct-17-09 11:54 AM   #40 
  - All I see is that an anonymous blogger posted a TSA horror story.  LibDemAlways   Oct-17-09 12:16 PM   #42 
  - She admits it's her.  GirlinContempt   Oct-17-09 10:38 PM   #87 
  - I never take TSA horror stories at face value.  MineralMan   Oct-17-09 11:20 AM   #32 
  - Regarding: Edit  TicketyBoo   Oct-17-09 11:39 AM   #34 
  - The blurring was done for insideous reasons  Bucky   Oct-17-09 11:51 AM   #38 
  - I just counted from when she was pulled aside at 11:02.  hedgehog   Oct-17-09 11:51 AM   #39 
  - Public body searches are routine, and people have been conditioned to  LibDemAlways   Oct-17-09 12:08 PM   #41 
     - But if they're "routine"  TicketyBoo   Oct-17-09 12:49 PM   #49 
        - It's obscured probably because they are feeling around her bra or made her  LibDemAlways   Oct-17-09 01:32 PM   #55 
  - One time when my sister and I were very young  GirlinContempt   Oct-17-09 12:28 PM   #43 
  - SHE PUT HER SON IN THE STROLLER HERSELF AND HE SAT THERE THE WHOLE TIME!  GirlinContempt   Oct-17-09 12:52 PM   #51 
  - Well, To Be Fair To Her  iamjoy   Oct-17-09 06:24 PM   #70 
     - Yeah, a minute can seem like a lot longer  GirlinContempt   Oct-17-09 06:55 PM   #71 
        - +1! Noticed that, too. She is FOS. n/t  rvablue   Oct-17-09 07:11 PM   #73 
        - That's True  iamjoy   Oct-17-09 07:34 PM   #76 
           - I think in most cases  GirlinContempt   Oct-17-09 07:41 PM   #77 
  - And this is why all law enforcement should have cameras  nadinbrzezinski   Oct-17-09 07:18 PM   #74 
  - In Canada they let you remove whatever it is that is setting the alarm off  ipaint   Oct-17-09 10:16 PM   #82 
     - I've always had them scan me in public  GirlinContempt   Oct-17-09 10:26 PM   #83 
     - The plexiglass booth is more than a holding pen. There are air jets  hedgehog   Oct-18-09 12:45 PM   #93 
 

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