December 28, 2008

Border Troll

Drove back from Toronto today, and had the following, slightly bewildering conversation with the nice man at the U.S. border:
HIM: Why are you driving a rental car? Where's your vehicle?

ME: Um... I don't have one.

HIM: [raises eyebrows] You don't own a vehicle?

ME: I mean, I have a desk chair with wheels, does that count?

HIM: It's because of people like you that the American auto industry is in such trouble.
Those last two lines may not have actually happened. I think this is closer to the truth:
HIM: [raises eyebrows] You don't own a vehicle?

ME: No.

HIM: Do you have a driver's license?

ME: [reaching for wallet] Uh, yes, right here.

HIM: [dismissive wave] Oh, I don't need to see it.

ME: Um... Okay.

HIM: How old are you?

ME: Twenty-five.

HIM: Just made it in time — they won't let you rent a vehicle if you're under twenty-five, right?

ME: I — Well... No, they won't.

HIM: Okay, you're free to go.

ME: Thanks... I think.
Welcome to America — where not owning a car is terrifying and confusing.

1 comment:

redheadedtarlet said...

Amazing. Maybe just because the title makes me think of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."

So your border guy was Danny DeVito. That's what I'm seeing.

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