I don't know if you guys remember around a year ago dh & I were on a road trip around the USA & Canada. When we crossed over into Canada I forgot that I had a tiny little (lipstick sized) bottle of pepper spray in my handbag (my Dad have given it to me months before - I had put it in the back pocket of my bag & had totally forgotten!!!)
The customs lady found it in my bag and took it off of me which was TOTALLY fine. I was nothing but nice about it - saying I was sorry - that I had forgotten. Then she fines me $500!!!!!!!!!!!!! Which was a LOT of money to us when we were on a budget on a 6 month road trip. Anyhow, she was a total biach to us, wouldn't even look us in the face as I stood there crying, etc.
We had to pay the $500 on the spot.
We ended up writing a LONG letter to appeal the fine - which gets sent on to some magistrate to decide on. Also the agent lady gets to add on her response for the magistrate to our appeal. So we got back a letter a few months later, the magistrate basically just said sorry - that's the law, so I won't give you your money back. We understood, but we were FURIOUS that the woman in her statement lied and said dh swore at her - he didn't and would NEVER do that! But - we just left it at that, didn't bother to write another letter saying how that agent was LYING - whatever - time to move on.
Anyhow - my parents get some registered mail for me today - it is from some other Canadian magistrate, saying they reviewed my case and HERE IS A CHECK FOR $500!!!!!!!!
I can NOT belive it!!!!!!!!!!! WTF? That is awesome!
We are assuming that maybe the agent got in trouble, so they went back and reviewed all of her cases? I dunno - but YAY!