| Sunday May 29th 2016

The Minimum Security Prison of America (aka “Fun Times at the Canadian Border!”)

You know when your country is in an economic downturn and your currency is tanking? One of the best ways to make the most of the situation is to make sure you appeal to foreign visitors to take advantage of your low, low prices. Tourism is brilliant for keeping the money flowing when the locals aren’t spending.

Now, if you were really, really stupid… you might make sure that some of those visitors are treated like criminals, shouted at and intimidated by power-mad morons when they arrive. Because for every one of those, they’ll tell at least 50 other potential visitors. Some might even write it eloquently on a blog and get it picked up by a popular social bookmarking site which will get it seen by millions of potential visitors.

It only makes it worse that this guy is one of YOUR OWN citizens…

“For those just tuning in here, I live in the state of Michigan. As such, I am surrounded on two sides (north and east, a little south if you want to get trivia-esque) by Canada. While I haven’t gone recently (a few years) due to a lack of funds, earlier on this decade I would go to Canada when I had the chance – especially when I spent a couple of years in northern Michigan in the tiny city of Sault Sainte Marie, MI, which is a stone’s throw from its twin city of the same name in Canada. The border crossing process had usually been rather simple for me, with the most that I got asked is “Where’d you go? How long were you there? Bringing back lots of money? Alright have a good one.” I suppose it was a bit naive of me to think that things would go south in the couple of years since I’ve been to Canada, especially in lieu of revelations that Homeland Security can take your laptop at the border if they feel like it.

Like most things in life you stay naive of it, happily nested in a world of “it can’t/won’t happen to me” until – sure enough – it does.”

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