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Old 10-15-2013, 12:49 AM   #26
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So crossed into Canada a few hours ago, I pull up and first thing the border guard says:

Border guard: "did you not see the RED LIGHT?!? <angry and annoyed>"
Me: "what red light??? it was green"
Border guard: "Oh, ok well how long was it green for?!? <annoyed voice>"
Me: "it's been green for the past 10 minutes"
Border guard: "Are you serious? I just gave the driver before you crap for not stopping at the red light, I'm really sorry for my outburst".
Me: "Apology accepted"

He than proceeds to check under his table to see if he could fix his "light" issues, he couldn't and gets back to checking my passport. He asks what I bought, hands over my passport and tells me to go.
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Why only you?

My friends and I never get such a treatment?
Fuck if I know. Its actually only at the peace arch crossing that I have issues. Point Roberts has never been an issue, nor aldergrove. Unfortunately one of those don't get you anywhere, and the other is quite out of the way for me when it comes to seattle trips.
I'm 28, clean cut, my tattoos aren't visible, and have no criminal record/history of arrests, and you will just have to take my word I am on the polite side of the spectrum, as I was raised by my grandparents and would get my ass whupped if I wasn't. I'd say over 20 crosses across that border I have been sent in every single time. They scratched the shit out of my windows and destroyed the tint on my gti, have left my car in shambles, been rude and obnoxious. Done personal searches on me when nothing has been found in my car. Fuck those assholes.
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Me "There was a big storm at Baker. Lots more snow"
Border guard "Park your car to the left and head inside"
Like what the fuck is the point of trying to bait me into saying something that is going to just piss him off like that when its an honest normal answer to his question.
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yeh if u tell them stuff u are picking up for work, they will get u to go inside and pay $10 feez.

only problem i had was with canadian border agent, being rude. cause people i was with didn't declare items. Anyhow when i was payin fine etc, i asked the cbsa cashier ,

me" whats the badge number of the agent i was dealing with
cbsa: ill check give me a sec.

next thing i know, her supervisor cames out to talk to me.

cbsa sup.. whats the problem
me. the agent dealing with us is being rude, and very arrogant. considering our taxes pay for your salary, no matter what, she has no need to be rude. I need her badge number to make formal complaint"

cbsa sup> ok, i will talk to her , very sorry ,, blah blah blah
me: talk to her all you want, i would still like her badge number

cbsa sup: ill make sure its added to her file that she is being rude . etc etc.
me" u can go ahead, but i would still like her badge number.

cbsa sup, ok, give me a sec.
gave me badge number. etc.

i have crossed thousands of times after, never had any issues.
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So just to clarify, by your own admission your party didn't fully declare everything that they brought in - likely an attempt to avoid duties and taxes. You guys waste the time of the officer examining you. I can't blame him or her for being irritated and annoyed. And then you threaten her or her supervisor with a complaint.

You're what's wrong with society. "You're taxes might be paying her salary" but its also you and your friend's wasting her time.
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Never really had a problem with the US agents, but the Canadian agents half the time are pricks.

The main thing I hope when I'm pulling up, is that I don't have a female agent, or a rookie. For some reason the females are always in a shitty mood, and the rookie's have a "something to prove" sense of mind.

I always enjoy the senior guys working there, because they've been there so long they are usually in a good mood and can have a nice conversation.
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So just to clarify, by your own admission your party didn't fully declare everything that they brought in - likely an attempt to avoid duties and taxes. You guys waste the time of the officer examining you. I can't blame him or her for being irritated and annoyed. And then you threaten her or her supervisor with a complaint.

You're what's wrong with society. "You're taxes might be paying her salary" but its also you and your friend's wasting her time.
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guess i should mention that , people who didn't declare , were visitors, as per customs rules, they should not be charged duty regardless, as item will not stay in canada, and they dont need to declare, as item will not be staying in canada. (when u go down to US, they ask any item that "will be staying back or you will be leaving behind"?

apart from that, fine they didn't declare, regardless of that, i dont think being rude is called for.

its not martter for utmost respect ...etc. i can understand somebody being upset, she was quite blunt... and even the sup agreed that was uncalled for, plus and duties/fines were returned by mail.

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from what you said it sounded like the sup wasn't agreeing with you per se. sounded like he/she was doing their best to protect the agent by not giving out a badge #, probably wanted to have a candid conversation vs putting something on paper that could affect her career prospects.

was she rude before or after realizing things weren't declared? if it was after it might have been her "getting to the bottom of this - serious business" attitude.

my experiences are in line with mello's. heading down is even smoother now that i'm nexus
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yeh if u tell them stuff u are picking up for work, they will get u to go inside and pay $10 feez.

only problem i had was with canadian border agent, being rude. cause people i was with didn't declare items. Anyhow when i was payin fine etc, i asked the cbsa cashier ,

me" whats the badge number of the agent i was dealing with
cbsa: ill check give me a sec.

next thing i know, her supervisor cames out to talk to me.

cbsa sup.. whats the problem
me. the agent dealing with us is being rude, and very arrogant. considering our taxes pay for your salary, no matter what, she has no need to be rude. I need her badge number to make formal complaint"

cbsa sup> ok, i will talk to her , very sorry ,, blah blah blah
me: talk to her all you want, i would still like her badge number

cbsa sup: ill make sure its added to her file that she is being rude . etc etc.
me" u can go ahead, but i would still like her badge number.

cbsa sup, ok, give me a sec.
gave me badge number. etc.

i have crossed thousands of times after, never had any issues.
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years ago i cross with a friend. she was born in hk and she is viet. the border guard straight up said no, that couldn't be possible.

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apart from that, fine they didn't declare, regardless of that, i dont think being rude is called for.

its not martter for utmost respect ...etc. i can understand somebody being upset, she was quite blunt... and even the sup agreed that was uncalled for, plus and duties/fines were returned by mail.
I'm going to call bullshit on this one. After fines and duties are paid, there is no way they will refund that.
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I'm going to call bullshit on this one. After fines and duties are paid, there is no way they will refund that.
Au contraire mon frere....They have procedures in place for people who have been charged wrongfully or people who have refunded the item may be eligible for a refund. These circumstances are outlined in the Customs Act.

The bullshit might be whether or not he actually did it...But there is a system in place and it is available to the public. Most people just don't bother with that non-sense because it's not worth the time and energy.
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guess i should mention that , people who didn't declare , were visitors, as per customs rules, they should not be charged duty regardless, as item will not stay in canada, and they dont need to declare, as item will not be staying in canada. (when u go down to US, they ask any item that "will be staying back or you will be leaving behind"?

apart from that, fine they didn't declare, regardless of that, i dont think being rude is called for.

its not martter for utmost respect ...etc. i can understand somebody being upset, she was quite blunt... and even the sup agreed that was uncalled for, plus and duties/fines were returned by mail.
Seriously, you're a tool. You have to declare everything you're bringing into Canada that you obtained from outside of Canada.

By your logic, your visitors don't have to declare firearms if they're leaving the country with them. You declare what you bought outside and you tell them what will be leaving with them when they leave Canada. You don't get charged duties on those but you still have to declare them.
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years ago i cross with a friend. she was born in hk and she is viet. the border guard straight up said no, that couldn't be possible.

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fake?

why would CBC put fake interview? It's on their website

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Au contraire mon frere....They have procedures in place for people who have been charged wrongfully or people who have refunded the item may be eligible for a refund. These circumstances are outlined in the Customs Act.

The bullshit might be whether or not he actually did it...But there is a system in place and it is available to the public. Most people just don't bother with that non-sense because it's not worth the time and energy.
Remember, this is not a correction of an error but a refund because tax was paid on goods belonging to a non-resident. They have to first prove that the owners are non-resident and the goods were exported. Since these are personal goods not commercial goods, there isn't a way to verify that the goods have been exported.
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so it looks like it is fake... i was wondering when the public apology and someone getting fired would happen... but I guess it isn't going to
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Timpo it was comedy, you are still debating this? it was mentioned on the first page, have you never listened to the actually show?

I will only add this, I go down to the US atleast once a month, often times 2 or 3 times, and I have yet to have any serious problems.

I answer the agents questions without giving them some long winded ass story, I tell them the truth, and if they send me inside so be it, I got inside, if I get assessed duties I pay them.

The problem I see with what some people do (and I have been in the car when someone has done this), is they start to give huge stories about what happened and it makes them seem like they are lying or they are wasting the agents time. Trust me they hear BS all the time, they don't want to hear any more than they have too.
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Never really had a problem with the US agents, but the Canadian agents half the time are pricks.

The main thing I hope when I'm pulling up, is that I don't have a female agent, or a rookie. For some reason the females are always in a shitty mood, and the rookie's have a "something to prove" sense of mind.

I always enjoy the senior guys working there, because they've been there so long they are usually in a good mood and can have a nice conversation.
No problems with US agents, especially at PR, but I noticed Peace Arch seems to have the higher concentration of the asshole guards compared to when I started taking Pacific Highway coming back. I've been hassled a bit more at PA, where at PH they just ask me the usual questions and send me on my way.
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I guess everyone has their favourite crossing. I love Sumas crossing, because most of the US border gurads know and remember me. Not much turn around on the US side, but damn, the Canadian side is like transient city. No same person ever. It must be like the proving grounds....... or maybe more like the dumping grounds, LOL.
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Remember, this is not a correction of an error but a refund because tax was paid on goods belonging to a non-resident. They have to first prove that the owners are non-resident and the goods were exported. Since these are personal goods not commercial goods, there isn't a way to verify that the goods have been exported.
all u need to show item were paid using credit card, belonging to persone who is non resident, and proof of departure, (boarding pass or printed ticket) all taxes are refunded - $5 that they keep for processing.
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There is a process in place for non residents to reclaim any duties and taxes paid. Officers will complete a form to verify the goods are exported which will help non resident make there claim for a refund.

The "all taxes are refunded minus $5 for processing" sounds more like something you just made up. Provide a source
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