Here is part of the warning, posted on a CBC article today.
On its official website, the Canadian government informs its citizens that “there is no limit to the amount of money that you may legally take into or out of the United States.” Nonetheless, it adds, banking in the U.S. can be difficult for non-residents, so Canadians shouldn’t carry large amounts of cash.
But it turns out that this warning may have a deeper meaning!!
There’s a shakedown going on in the U.S., and the perps are in uniform.
This has been covered here at DK, not too long ago.
On the CBC article, it goes into how profitable it is for the US authorities, and also how these little shakedowns occur.
They often hand half back in a "deal", but in order to get that money back they require a waiver that they will not BE SUED!
I wonder if this will appear on new travel brochures?
Travel the US! But beware of pirates! Arrrrrrrrr!
I personally avoid the US, because of my last attempt to cross the border. I was accused of terrible things- and finally told the border guard that he really needed to go get laid or something. I imagine that got me on a no-fly list. I also blame the cold meds, for some reason they made me lippier than usual.
What does the reporter tell us at the end of the article?
So, for any law-abiding Canadian thinking about an American road trip, here’s some non-official advice:
Avoid long chats if you’re pulled over. Answer questions politely and concisely, then persistently ask if you are free to go.
Don’t leave litter on the vehicle floor, especially energy drink cans.
Don’t use air or breath fresheners; they could be interpreted as an attempt to mask the smell of drugs.
Don’t be too talkative. Don’t be too quiet. Try not to wear expensive designer clothes. Don’t have tinted windows.
And for heaven’s sake, don’t consent to a search if you are carrying a big roll of legitimate cash.
As the Canadian government notes, there is no law against carrying it here or any legal limit on how much you can carry. But if you’re on an American roadway with a full wallet, in the eyes of thousands of cash-hungry cops you’re a rolling ATM.
Seems to me that following that list may make one look even more suspicious.
Cheers from Beautiful BC, Canada. Our government just takes money the old fashioned way. But give them a couple years.....They like a good scam....errr plan.