The Newest Threat to Our National Security: Candy from Canada
Seattle residents Brandon Loo and Christopher Sweeney were on their way back from a trip to Vancouver when U.S. Border agents searched their car and, after finding illegal contraband, detained the two for several hours. The contraband? Kinder Eggs, which are chocolate eggs with toys in the center. The candies are banned in the U.S. because they, like every other candy in the world, contain "a non-nutritive object."
Loo and Sweeney were carrying six of the illegal and highly-dangerous candies at the time, meaning they faced a fine of $15,000 (or $2,500 per illegal candy). The two were eventually released, but only after they spent two and a half hours pleading their case.
"They wasted our time," Sweeney said. "They wasted the money spent on the agents to do this and there are other cars that went through without checking them at all."
In 2011, U.S. Border agents confiscated 25,000 Kinder Eggs, which is dumb but at least it's better than hassling 96-year old former governors.