I’ve mentioned this interaction at least twice on this website so I might as well tell the story.
First things first, don’t mess with border patrol. They have power you cannot fathom. Regardless of how cool these people may be in real life (and I do have the pleasure of knowing one) you may not joke with them on the job. This is hard for my husband and I since we tend to joke with everyone.
We have had many interactions with border patrol agents but this is the most memorable. Let me walk you through it.
When they stop your car at the border and run your plates like they do for everyone, you think nothing of it.
When they size you up through the window and ask if you own the car and then ask if you always have, you get a little nervous.
When they insist you produce the car’s registration to prove it, you start to get a bit more nervous.
When they tell you to get out of the car and go into the building to wait while they investigate, you begin to sweat.
When they tell you your license plates have been reported stolen and you can’t leave until they get it figured out, you start to wish you had brought a blanket for your 4 year old because the air conditioning in those offices is really well used!
When you spend the LONGEST 90 minutes of your life waiting for your state Bureau of Motor Vehicles to open and hoping they can confirm that you are in fact the owner of your vehicle (which you have owned and licensed for 8 years), you try to keep yourself and your child calm so as not to cause an international incident.
When the agents come back to you and explain that the people who set up your state’s license plate system think that it is OK to issue the same plate number for different classes of vehicles (in this case a truck plate – ours and a trailer plate – stolen) you wonder where exactly your tax dollars go… and so do the agents.
When you are released with your car, your cold child and (finally) your car keys, YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN SO HAPPY TO SEE THE “WELCOME TO BUFFALO” SIGN IN YOUR LIFE!
When 1 year later the licensing rules are changed as your entire state gets new license plates, you think your little run in at the Canadian border might have had something to do with it.
When you start a travel website, you tell the story. It’s funny at dinner parties too. Weird stuff happens on vacation folks.