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I can NOT frickin believe it - I think I like Canada again!

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!!!!!!!!

 OMG

 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!

Re: I can NOT frickin believe it - I think I like Canada again!

  • woo hoo! ?That is great news!
  • This story sounds familiar for some reason, maybe you mentioned it before? And it would be weird if the same thing happened to one of my friends, lol. I'm glad to hear that you got your money back. I hope it is because they found out that the agent has a tendency to lie her face off!?

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    This story sounds familiar for some reason, maybe you mentioned it before? And it would be weird if the same thing happened to one of my friends, lol. I'm glad to hear that you got your money back. I hope it is because they found out that the agent has a tendency to lie her face off!
    oh yes I complained about it here on the board about a year ago :)
  • I remember you posting about that huge debacle.  WOO HOO for getting your $500 back!  Awesome news!
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  • Wow Monique, that's fantastic and so unexpected!

    i really wonder what made them change their mind. I am pretty sure this agent was not a good one.

  • Thats great!!! I can't believe that was a year ago already, it feels like it was the other day!
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  • YAY!!!  That's great news. Big Smile
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  • wow - I am impressed that they followed up.  Good job, Canada!
  • yea the weird thing is they told us we could appeal - we did - it was unsuccesful - and they told us that was the end of it

    I just don't understand why they reviewed it again - but hey I'm not questioning it - I'm just happy they ruled in our favor!!!! :)

  • I remember when this went down. ?Woohoo!!!
  • I remember it - wow, was that a year ago already?? The worst thing was how badly she'd lied about you guys. Really pleased you got your money back - that's awesome!
  • well now that I think about it - I guess it was sort of late July/early August this happened - so about 9 - 10 months ago....

    :)

  • Wow that's wonderful! Its great to get unexpected money!
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  • I have NEVER heard of a govt bureaucracy reversing itself - this is definatily one for the books!  Congrats and splurge!

     

     
  • ok - just got the scanned letter from my Dad this morning

    seems to me someone sued and so they had to change the law to be more specific when people cross the border, then they had to go back retrospectively to refund people who were wronged

    when we went through the border they asked us if we had weapons (pepper spray, guns, etc) - we said no (we had forgotten about the little one)

    However, their letter states that the officers did not TELL us 'about the prohibited status of the importation of such items' - since we were not 'made aware of such a prohibition' they have to keep the item, but will refund our money.

    Works for me!

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