I was down in Buffalo this weekend, as mentioned below. It was totally unplanned and I was totally guilted into it – but I won’t rehash the story cause it just pisses me off (still!). Now, I’ve crossed the border a million times and I’ve had my fair share of stupid questioning at the border. This weekend topped it though. I realize that they are trying to do their job and probably trying to see if they can rattle me, but sometimes you have to wonder about the intelligence of these customs officers.
Stupid question #1: “Your hubcap’s missing” – now isn’t that observant, I never knew that was against the law or a relevant question when you’re trying to get into the States. I wonder if there is a rule where I have to have all four hubcaps on my tires? Cause when I told him it was taken, he didn’t seem to believe me, I had to repeat myself twice. What I should have said was that there were so many drug packets lined inside of the tire that I had to remove the hubcap to give it space..yeah, right. Really, how relevant is it that I’m missing a hubcap?
Stupid question #2: “So, you went to university to make stickers” – that one made my friend and I burst out laughing cause it was so damn stupid and demeaning. The border guy actually laughed too, and I think he was embarassed, cause I could tell he realized it wasn’t a smart question. My friend already told him what she did and where she worked, but apparently he’s not only dumb, but deaf too.
There were other questions, but I won’t embarass the U.S. customs officers any further. You would think by his line of questioning he thought we were trying to import drugs or go to Buffalo to prostitute ourselves or something. He certainly inspected my car carefully. He also made a point of asking over and over again if we were only going for the day and that we would return to Toronto right away. Yes, Buffalo is not our dream destination and we wouldn’t dare stay longer than we have to.
I think the best stupid thing that a U.S. customs office did once was look at my passport, I’m Asian, and then look at my friend, who’s Albanian, and asked her if she was me. Like, hello, I never knew Albanian people looked Asian. Trust me, my friend and I do not look alike. Makes me shake my head to think that these people are suppose to be protecting the United States. Granted, Canadian customs isn’t any better, but the U.S. can’t say they are that great either. I can give them great examples to support that. 😉