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(CBC)   Husband's lucky hand grenade teaches Texas woman the difference between Vancouver, WA and Vancouver, BC   ( divider line
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2004-02-17 08:34:06 AM  
so CAN anyone run the liscence plate?
2004-02-17 08:36:06 AM  
I'm just intrigued by the idea of a lucky hand-grenade;

'Woo-hoo! The car didn't blow up today! Lucky me!'
2004-02-17 08:36:13 AM  
I'm with you. People are people, and gummints are gummints. I went to Tijuana with a girlfriend looking for Donkey Shows (man, she was cool). On our way back, the border guy gives me the fish eye. I don't look Hispanic, and the only place I could be from is the USA. Fancy tennis shoes, paunch, German watch, etc. He asked if I was bringing narcotics in to the country, and my thought bubble said "in my blood stream", but I said "no". What a dickless wonder.
2004-02-17 08:39:33 AM  
1. I agree. I thought they were supposed to blur out plates when they were in the paper...I guess since it's Canada though, their laws are probably different.

2. I didn't realize that Candians refer to their friend's in the US as being "stateside". Interesting. What do American's call their Canadian friends? Province-side?

Just an observation.

P.S. I think Triumph had something to do with the nade.
2004-02-17 08:40:46 AM  
why did they post a pic of her license plate?
2004-02-17 08:42:42 AM  
What do American's call their Canadian friends?


/fans flames
2004-02-17 08:42:45 AM  
It's clear that the U.S. is poised to stage a major terrorist attack on Canada.

I'm now calling for our Canadian leaders to launch a pre-emptive strike on the United States.

That's how things work now, isn't it?
2004-02-17 08:43:46 AM  
I only speak basic french phrases, like 'I Surrender'
2004-02-17 08:45:22 AM  
I saw on Komo 4 news last night that the grenade WAS live and the woman was black. Take that with as much salt as you are accustomed.

Man, if this had been the other way around, with a Canuck going to the States, they would have disappeared and never returned.
2004-02-17 08:56:17 AM  
No such agency said "We have the same precentages of nice people and farkwits in our population as you do, and we know it."

I think Canada has less assholes, and I am a US citizen.....
2004-02-17 09:02:57 AM  
Why were they looking in her glove box?
2004-02-17 09:05:15 AM  
It's clear that the U.S. is poised to stage a major terrorist attack on Canada.

I'm now calling for our Canadian leaders to launch a pre-emptive strike on the United States.

That's how things work now, isn't it?

please.. on a bad day our Salvation Army could kick your ass.
2004-02-17 09:29:18 AM  
josey_cuervo I'm sure that someone would be able to 'run' that license plate, but then what would good would that do? Post her name and address so some of you farks can bother her like some kind of teen punks?

No, of course not. You're not like that and besides anyone who actually does this will just get banned and their posts deleted. So it's probably just best for everyone that nobody run the license plate and post any results from it here.

Because that would be Bad.
2004-02-17 09:29:26 AM  
I know someone who works at the Canadian border and cars with Texas plates are pretty much guaranteed to get searched. Usually it's just some asshat who can't understand why he's not allowed to bring his gun across though...

/American in Canada who loves *both* countries
2004-02-17 09:44:04 AM  
As an alum from Sam Houston State University, I'd like to point out that SHSU is located in Huntsville, where all the Texas executions are held. Hand grenades should shock no one.
2004-02-17 09:45:04 AM  
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2004-02-17 09:49:08 AM  
Hubby & I drove from Chicago to Toronto a few months back. I had told him about my last trip to Canada & how nice the Canadian customs officials were & how rude the American officials. Well, we got Sarna'a biatchiest douanier at the border. We were very surprised that one of the new questions at Canadian customs is "do you have a firearm in your home?" "Erm, yes. Why?" we said (that's LEGAL is the US so what business is it of yours, we thought but didn't say). Naturally our car was searched. In retrospect we should have lied.

The US customs officials on the way home were a dream.
2004-02-17 10:05:16 AM  
Oh dear lord she wants to come to my town?!

No thanks!
2004-02-17 10:19:40 AM  
one, two, five! I mean three!
2004-02-17 10:24:51 AM  
When are you stupid Americans going to realize that there are different laws up here. American laws don't apply in Canada. I know it's an obvious statement but why do you idiots keep ignoring the fact? Remember the Quebec man who gassed up 20 feet across the border with a rifle on a gun rack, he spent 2 months in an American jail. Send this stupid twit of a Texan to jail. Illegal weapons come pouring across our border from the US by the thousands all the time. It's time we made an example out of someone.
2004-02-17 10:25:33 AM  
hello Kthullu

please.. on a bad day our Salvation Army could kick your ass.

Possibly true. But you Americans have no idea what it's like to fight a war against people of the same skin colo(u)r, that speak the same language. All we'd have to do is quit the "oot and aboots" and you'd kill more of yourselves in the confusion. We have infiltrated every town in your country, and you can't tell us from yourselves!
Remember, all of the Canadians in America know the secret phrase that tells them to pick up arms and start shooting Americans. The motherland merely needs to broadcast it through one of our Hollywood spies actors and the revolution begins. Mwhahaha...

/one too many coffees today I think...
2004-02-17 10:44:04 AM  
2004-02-17 07:01:51 AM Ishkur

Well, the Canadian guys are never mean.

I wouldn't say never. I had one ask me about 50 times in 50 different ways if my wife and I had any drugs in our rental car. I said no everytime, but he insisted on searching the car anyway. They even tried to pry the cover off the passenger side airbag of our Saab thinking that it was the glovebox. He seemed really disappointed when he didn't find anything. Farking asshole...
2004-02-17 10:50:03 AM  
What busines is it of hers? Because it's not legal for you to bring your legal-in-the-US firearm into Canada. That's why.

And, no, you don't want to lie. If you lie, and they do a random search and find your pistol, they'll keep your car and everything in it and make you walk home, once you finally get finished being cavity-searched. Then they'll auction your seized vehicle-and-contents. And you'll merely be a page 16 footnote in he newspaper, if that.
2004-02-17 11:06:13 AM  
OlafTheBent really tactful, way to go.
2004-02-17 11:17:47 AM  
Thanks for shutting down the country lady!
2004-02-17 11:18:48 AM  
Just a side note...

since when is it legal to carry a live hand grenade in your car in the US?
2004-02-17 11:26:29 AM  
A story from my High School Business Teacher...

One time, my business teacher took a student club up to Canada for a field trip.
In this club was two dumb jocks.
When they all go to the Canadian border,
they all had to get out of the bus and go into the customs center and answer those basic questions.
Well, these two jocks, when asked if they had any drugs,
they said "Man, we got a ton of weed!".
Well, my business teacher told us after those guys said that,
they were lead into a nice room with a few customs officers putting gloves on.
2004-02-17 11:26:31 AM  

doesn't the 2nd amendment ensure that right?
2004-02-17 11:34:23 AM  
I'd be pissed at my wife if she lost my lucky grenade in such a lame manner.
2004-02-17 11:42:15 AM  
Stupidity amazes me. There are signs along I-5 for miles saying "Canadian Border" and "Canada Customs" ahead - you're telling me that she didn't realize she was going the wrong way, that she made it all the way to the booth before it dawned on her she was half a day north of where she should be? Simply amazing.
2004-02-17 11:57:11 AM  
Hey Scowling, does the Canadian education system not teach reading comprehension?

We had no gun in the car. When the customs officer asked if we had firearm in the car we told the truth and answered no. When she followed up with the "do you have a firearm in your *home*" question we told the truth and said yes. Then she decided we need to be searched.

I know bringing a weapon into Canada is illegal -> we didn't do that. I didn't know that the firearm we have in our *home*, which we DID NOT bring with us, is a matter of concern for the Canadian government.

BTW, nearly every gun-owning American at the conference we were going to in Toronto lied when Canadian customs asked the firearm-in-your-home question. Real tight security there, eh?
2004-02-17 11:57:49 AM  
When are you stupid Americans going to realize that there are different laws up here. American laws don't apply in Canada. I know it's an obvious statement but why do you idiots keep ignoring the fact?

When will Canadians stop pretending they're a separate country and admit to being a part of the US?
2004-02-17 12:06:12 PM  
This woman was a dumbass. And for the record, ANYONE who works at the boarder, Yank or Canuck, are assholes. Its part of their Job.

/have had to touch my ankles TWICE in the last 8 years!
2004-02-17 12:08:13 PM  

i guess it's the same as being asked "have you EVER smoked marijuana" by US customs. Not "do you have pot in the vehicle?"...EVER.

Of course the answer is "no", even if you're Tommy Chong.

I assume this is because them who answer "yes" are pretty likely to have pot on them and deserve in=depth searching. Similarily, them who answer "yes" to having a gun are likely to consider it their right to have a gun no mattter where they are. (you'd be amazed by how many americans getting arrested and having their handguns seized by Canadian Customs talk about their 2nd amendment rights like anyone up here gives a damn).
2004-02-17 12:08:41 PM  
Isuldirs, did you at least get flowers afterward?
2004-02-17 12:13:34 PM  
Ouroborus: they still have my manhood and dignity in a holding cell :(
2004-02-17 12:51:36 PM  
Well, it still doesn't explain why this chick was such a dumbass and why Mr. Lucky HandGrenade Boyee doesn't go the route of the other asshat who got nabbed up don' that around...

Was it a deactivated hand grenade? An inert one?

I'm taking my lucky plutonium with me next time...give the customs officer a whiff of it...or my lucky deadly viruses...
2004-02-17 01:04:51 PM  

Actually I wouldn't be amazed. We have many, many asshats down here.

I understand why the question was asked & why we were searched. Being treated like an asshat when, in fact, you are not one is not pleasant. I mean, I'm a good person & here I was being treated like a potential criminal. Guess my dignity got a little bruised. But visitors stateside get the same treatment, so it all evens out I suppose.

The situation also forced me to confront just what a goody-goody I am. (What? You LIED to Customs?! I would never do that! That's wrong!!)
2004-02-17 01:21:21 PM  
The news here (in the Seattle area) said that the grenade was LIVE.

A side note: I lived in Vancouver, Washington, for about 10 years, but when travelling in Europe, told people I was from Seattle (I was born there) just so that they would not think I was some farking Canadian.
2004-02-17 01:24:33 PM  
Without Republican hawks in the other Washington, this would not be a story.

Be afaid of everything and buy stuff.

Be afraid.

Buy stuff.

Be afraid.

Buy stuff.
2004-02-17 01:59:24 PM  

please.. on a bad day our Salvation Army could kick your ass.

Knock Knock.

Who's there?

Joint Task Force 2.

Joint Task Force 2 wh-splat!
2004-02-17 02:00:49 PM  

Why didn't you just tell people you were from Portland?

/hee hee
2004-02-17 02:09:41 PM  

What exactly does "tact" have to do with the idiots who, on a daily basis, seem to think that American laws apply up here. Leave your guns at home people. We have a crime rate 1/10 of the US per capita. You won't need the firepower. If you do end up having a problem with someone who has a weapon up here, chances are it was smuggled here from the States. My friend had some distant family in Grimsby Ont. In 2002 some stalker the mom had met, drove up from the States and wiped out the whole family (5 people) with one of his "legally owned guns"

/... I mean, how monumentally brain-dead do you have to be to think "They won't mind the grenade I have concealed in my glove-box."... I mean really
2004-02-17 02:38:07 PM  
Luna: my comprehension is just fine. When asked if you have a firearm in the car, everyone will say "no". When asked if you have one at home, most will tell the truth. Firearm owners are more likely to have firearms in their car than non-owners, after all.

Fact is, if you own a firearm at home in the US, then you *are* a potnential criminal when you cross the border. I'm glad for this addition to the questioning.
2004-02-17 02:41:40 PM  
I grew up in Vancouver, WA, and it was always irritating to explain where I was from when I moved to Texas.

Me: "I'm from Vancouver."

Dumbass: "So you're Canadian?"

Me: "I'm from Washington."

Dumbass: "What's it like being around all those politicians?"

Personally, I never thought I'd see "Vancouver, WA" in a Fark headline...
2004-02-17 03:04:42 PM  
demoralizer -- high time for that tag
2004-02-17 03:13:19 PM  
I found it odd that I had to check in to Canada while traveling through Toronto on my way to Europe. I think it had more to do with the layout of Pearson airport than anything. The Canadian customs agent was rather nice and saw that I had an onward ticket and would only be spending about 1 hour in Canada. She stamped my passport and let me through with one question, "What is your business in Canada?" I answered that I was in transit to Europe. End of questioning. Then again, odds are you don't have a gun in your luggage when traveling on a plane.

The place I ran into a real pain in the neck was the US Customs check point in Toronto (I think the only place you can get into the US without actually leaving Canada). I was carrying my US Tourist/Civilian Passport and they nearly got the rubber gloves out. Sheesh, and I used to have an Official US Passport... Yup, I'm the one with the suitcase nuke alright...

Too bad this woman is the one that was caught because she was 1. Stupid for having the grenade to begin with, and 2. She just gave the Canadians yet more proof that our education system sucks.

One final note to all of my fellow Americans that keep an eye on their constitutional rights... Guess what? The second you leave the US, the constitution is left behind. Get over it!
2004-02-17 03:34:21 PM  
OlafTheBent: "Leave your guns at home people. We have a crime rate 1/10 of the US per capita. You won't need the firepower."

Speaking as a fellow Canuckistanian, (a) I highly doubt your numbers and (b) even if true, there are large regional variations. Some Canadian cities are no better than the typical 'Murrican ones.

That being said, I met one American who insisted on being able to bring his handgun up here "just in case he ran into a bear and had to defend himself".

Yeah, right. Anyone who thinks a relatively small-caliber pistol would do much other than piss the bear off is a walking Darwin award waiting to happen.
2004-02-17 03:52:50 PM  

Toronto had 64 murders last year for a population of around 3 million. Chicago had 598 murders last year and it's around the same size... pretty close to 1/10th I'd say.
2004-02-17 04:15:27 PM  
OlafThe Bent

Ah, but "murder rate" =/= "crime rate", neh? And iirc Chicago had the worst murder rate in the US, which is also known as cherry-picking the data.

You can compare national trends from 1980-2000 at Stats Canada, and while Canada *does* have a markedly lower rate for violent crimes, it is not quite 1/10th.
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