Comment: I was spooked, too, and this was before 911

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I was spooked, too, and this was before 911

After a week spent w/my children fishing at a lake near the border, before heading home we decided to cross into Canada, mostly just to be able to say we'd been there. Then, when I was asked by the guard if I had any of the verboten items on this long list he read - guns, knives, explosives, drugs, etc. - I made the mistake of admitting I did. Pepper spray. It was this tiny and likely useless can I kept in the glove compart-ment. (I think I picked it up one time where I get my oil changed.) They made me park and go into the immigration bldg, where I was asked numerous questions by someone behind a thick plexiglass window while a guard stood at the door. I then had to repeat everything in writing: identify myself, state my plans, acknowledge that I'd "surrendered" a contraband item... My youngest (then in elementary school) had come in with me. With each new set of forms pushed through the hole, I'd give him a little smile and roll my eyes. Really, it was taking forever. I stopped smiling when suddenly and for no apparent reason, I was escorted into a back room where the metal door was closed, and I was asked who the boy was. I was then ASKED IF I HAD PROOF THAT HE WAS MY CHILD. Once I was allowed to leave, I couldn't get back on American soil soon enough. Au revoir, au Canada, pour toujours!

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