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SYAC - US Customs by TomPreston SYAC - US Customs by TomPreston
Copyright 2012 Andrew Dobson
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Returning to the USA was more frustrating and time consuming than leaving it.

The boarder patrolmen were extremely suspicious about my books, thinking they had been printed in the UK even though I repeatedly told them I brought them with me for a convention. The fact that I had some packs of Jaffa Cakes was also a huge concern because they might contain peanuts which would contaminate things, even though I bought them IN the lobby of the airport after going through security.

Overall it was awful. I felt like I was a criminal trying to escape, not a citizen trying to get back in.

Edit: The problem with the books being printed in the UK has to do with taxing. If my inventory was from the UK, that would mean I'd have to be taxed on my books for entering the USA. The problem with the Jaffa Cakes? Yeah that was sounding pretty bull. It's like they pulled me aside but then realize there wasn't anything wrong so they started making up excuses to make it sound like they hadn't goofed up.

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carbon-izer Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
How could you get in trouble with them in the airport, since I know I've seen them at once in my Texas supermarket's imported foods section?
Old-Marcie1234 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
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sortmasivci Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
ROFL this was a good one xD
Jacob3908 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Customs is a pain.

Nuff said.
DarqfangofSeido Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Writer
So disappointed in airport security.

Dammit. No emotes for disappointment.

I'll just go with this one.
Bytemebebe Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If only you could've gotten away with stuffing a Jaffa Cake in their mouth (without getting arrested/tasered/overly man-handled/etc) and have told them to "eat it", when they were starting the nonsense over the cakes that you bought at their own airport. Yeesh :(
HavensGoneMad Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dislikes soft foods with nuts in them
lizard-keys Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
Man, so true. It's worse when you're coming back in a boat terminal. -.- They keep you there for an hour and a half and make you look through these weird eye machines. What the crap are they trying to look for? High tec terrorist technolgy hidden in the nerves of your eyesockets?
Errational Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Paranoia and incompetence play a major role in our way of life...
But can you blame us?
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