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Tourists get border surprise on trip home from Vancouver
The National Post ^ | July 18 2012 | Canadian Press

Posted on 07/19/2012 2:13:04 PM PDT by xp38

VANCOUVER — Chris Sweeney and his husband were driving home to Seattle after a recent trip to Vancouver when they were stopped at the border for more than two hours and threatened with thousands of dollars in fines for dangerous contraband in the trunk of their car.

Their suspicious cargo? Half a dozen Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs, each filled with a tiny plastic toy — a childhood favourite in Canada but an illegal choking hazard in the United States.

“I thought (the American border guard) had done his search and hadn’t found anything, and he was joking with us,” Sweeney, 35, told The Canadian Press in an interview Wednesday.

“He wasn’t joking.”

The popular German chocolate eggs are not sold in the U.S. because they are considered a choking hazard. They are also banned because the treats are considered adulterated food by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Sweeney said a border guard told him and his husband that they could be fined $2,500 per egg, and then ordered them to head to the port of entry, where they waited for more than two hours.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.nationalpost.com ...


TOPICS: Canada; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: borderstop; chocolateeggs; kindereggs; vancouver

Sleep well Freepers your border guards are on the job sort of preventing (if you read the the whole article the guardians eventually let the eggs enter anyway after detaining the couple for hours) chocolate eggs with little toys inside them from entering the good old USA.

1 posted on 07/19/2012 2:13:10 PM PDT by xp38
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To: xp38

Don’t believe everything you read. There’s always more to the story.


2 posted on 07/19/2012 2:24:15 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Running in circles and screaming is not a strategy.)
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To: xp38

Him and his husband?


3 posted on 07/19/2012 2:25:05 PM PDT by richardtavor
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To: xp38
Sweeney said a border guard told him and his husband that they could be fined $2,500 per egg,...

?


4 posted on 07/19/2012 2:26:25 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: xp38
"Chris Sweeney and his husband"

That's how the article starts, so health and social hazards of sodomy are the issue.

"Their suspicious cargo? Half a dozen Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs,"

Healthy readers will wonder as to their intentions.


5 posted on 07/19/2012 2:30:46 PM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: xp38

Him and his husband........eggs in the trunk. Wow.


6 posted on 07/19/2012 2:35:43 PM PDT by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: richardtavor

Seattle.....is gay marriage legal in Washington state?


7 posted on 07/19/2012 2:35:54 PM PDT by xp38
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To: xp38

Him and his husband........eggs in the trunk. Wow.


8 posted on 07/19/2012 2:36:05 PM PDT by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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"Chris Sweeney and his husband"

I wonder if paper towel rolls, gerbils, and matches are also involved.

9 posted on 07/19/2012 2:41:39 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: xp38
Seattle.....is gay marriage legal in Washington state?

Not yet. The legislation passed a bill allowing it, and Gregoire signed it into law in Feb, but the people rose up and now it's up for referendum in November.

10 posted on 07/19/2012 2:45:01 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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hmm....doesn’t seem to be a typo so maybe even if no papers or maybe from some other jurisdictioin they call themselves husband and husband or whatever.


11 posted on 07/19/2012 2:52:27 PM PDT by xp38
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To: richardtavor

Do you eggs have gerbils in them?


12 posted on 07/19/2012 2:53:16 PM PDT by School of Rational Thought (Fun for women ages 21 through 35)
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To: richardtavor

Do you eggs have gerbils in them?


13 posted on 07/19/2012 2:59:20 PM PDT by School of Rational Thought (Fun for women ages 21 through 35)
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To: xp38

I love those eggs. When I go Europe I buy them just to see what is inside. Can’t stand chocolate so I usually toss the egg itself.


14 posted on 07/19/2012 3:01:07 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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to all.....I didn’t notice the homosexual angle until after I posted so I apologize for my now gay thread. That said there is another article linked about a woman from getting her kinder eggs seized by US customs. She subsequently got a letter from them saying if she wished to contest the seizure she would be charged $250 to store the seized eggs until the case was settled. Apparently a lot of kinder eggs have been seized over the years.


15 posted on 07/19/2012 3:03:09 PM PDT by xp38
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To: SandyInSeattle

Not in this case. They are illegal in the US for the very reason mentioned. Dumping the packaging is the best move.


16 posted on 07/19/2012 3:05:21 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: xp38
hmm....doesn’t seem to be a typo so maybe even if no papers or maybe from some other jurisdictioin they call themselves husband and husband or whatever

I guess they're from somewhere else, and were just vacationing up that way. The Pacific Northwest has perfect weather this time of year and is a great destination.

17 posted on 07/19/2012 3:08:13 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: xp38

The problem is not the border guards, the problem if there is one, lies with the Consumer Products Safety commission.

They wrote the regulation and the customs guy is enforcing it.

Then there is Congress that likely had something to say earlier about choking hazards


18 posted on 07/19/2012 3:12:38 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: showme_the_Glory
Him and his husband........eggs in the trunk.

Chocolate eggs, no less. :-)

19 posted on 07/19/2012 3:49:37 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Vendome

>> Can’t stand chocolate

When I first met you I said to myself, “There’s somethin’ about that boy that ain’t quite right...”

:-)


20 posted on 07/19/2012 3:52:28 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
Not in this case. They are illegal in the US for the very reason mentioned. Dumping the packaging is the best move.

They are illegal because we are living in a nanny state. My house is full of "choking hazards".

When this country falls to socialism/marxism/whatever, it's not going to be because somebody in the White House said so, it's going to be at the hands of a thousand stupid little pieces of legislation and bureaucracy.
21 posted on 07/19/2012 3:54:48 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

I know they’re illegal in the US. I was referring to the sob story they’re weaving about how long they were at the port.


22 posted on 07/19/2012 4:10:34 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Running in circles and screaming is not a strategy.)
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To: xp38
Seattle.....is gay marriage legal in Washington state?

Not yet.

23 posted on 07/19/2012 4:11:45 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Running in circles and screaming is not a strategy.)
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To: richardtavor

“Him and his husband?”

Yeah, so the guy says, “I got yer choking hazard, right...here.”


24 posted on 07/19/2012 4:16:34 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: SandyInSeattle
Don’t believe everything you read. There’s always more to the story.

From the article:

Mike Milne with U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the movement of Kinder eggs across the border into the United States has been “an ongoing problem for years,” particularly during the Easter holidays.

Milne said officers do not usually fine travellers for carrying the chocolates, but they do normally confiscate them. Roughly 60,000 Kinder eggs were seized last year.

“Kinder eggs are prohibited just like narcotics are prohibited,” he said. “Our officers, if they encounter prohibited stuff, they’re subject to seizure.”

Seems fairly well reported to me. Why do you think there's more?

25 posted on 07/19/2012 4:46:40 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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Mr. Milne’s statements are accurate.

The travelers’ statements... not so much.


26 posted on 07/19/2012 4:58:44 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Running in circles and screaming is not a strategy.)
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To: Nervous Tick

I know! I get that same response from anyone who loves chocolate. LOL


27 posted on 07/19/2012 8:46:02 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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