As much as I hate to rag on our neighbors to the south the story I read yesterday in the Globe and Mail nearly killed me.
A Canadian citizen was pepper sprayed and interrogated for the 3 hours at a US border crossing off British Columbia for get this: asking them to be polite. He was told to turn off his car engine, he asked the border guard to say please at which point he was asked to exit the vehicle, pepper sprayed, tackled to the ground and interrogated by US customs officers.
This is a guy who apparently crosses the border 3 times per week to visit his second home in Washington state.In order to cross into the US, he must now provide written proof from the mounties that he does not have a criminal record and that he is in fact Canadian.
A US customs spokesman said that the officers gave a lawful order that travelers must obey.
And people ask me why I don't shop in Vermont anymore...