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garyhaupt

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Posted: 09/25/19 09:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Crowe wrote:

This is why I have both a passport and a passport card. The card is not usable for international air travel but can serve as interim proof of citizenship should the passport be lost or stolen.

I doubt the guard did anything nefarious. Yes, it should be reported to make sure procedure is being followed. If the guard commented "it doesn't look like you" than surely your pic doesn't look like the other guy either and most likely couldn't be used for any illegal activity.


The guard did nothing nefarious. It was simply an error and I didn't have to report it...the Supervisor was more than just a little upset.

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winniman wrote:

How would they get an extra passport. The previous guy left without asking for his passport back? Who does that? You are entering a foreign country, and you are going to leave the border without getting your passport back from the agent? Pretty strange set of circumstances involved here.


Maybe I wasn't clear. I wasn't entering...I was already IN....The other driver was given MY passport, in error, obviously.I could have stayed at the border...this happened at 10:30 am and I could have sat there for 12+hours. They released me to carry on into town and in a later phone call with the afternoon supervisor, I informed him that I was camping out..and where, but he didn't care...and that I would be back in the morning.


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colliehauler wrote:

Mistakes happen, glad it was taken care of quickly. It could of been bad for both of you had you not noticed the mistake. Surprised the other guy didn't look at the passport when it was returned to him.


It would have been 'interesting' if he hadn't come back the same day, for sure. I was already IN, so it would have to have been reported as Lost or Stolen by next day. Then who was going to pay for THAT? And all the questions that would have come my way everytime I crossed.

And yes..if he had looked, but..he didn't.


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Glad it turned out ok for ya, Gary.

I guess that is just one more reminder to us all to PAY ATTENTION, eh?





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winniman wrote:

How would they get an extra passport. The previous guy left without asking for his passport back? Who does that? You are entering a foreign country, and you are going to leave the border without getting your passport back from the agent? Pretty strange set of circumstances involved here.


IF you read the post, the OP stated that they mistakenly switched the 2 passports.. his with another guys.. No extra passport.. Just a case of the border patrol making a mistake and the "other guy" not checking his passport before leaving..


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ford truck guy wrote:

winniman wrote:

How would they get an extra passport. The previous guy left without asking for his passport back? Who does that? You are entering a foreign country, and you are going to leave the border without getting your passport back from the agent? Pretty strange set of circumstances involved here.


IF you read the post, the OP stated that they mistakenly switched the 2 passports.. his with another guys.. No extra passport.. Just a case of the border patrol making a mistake and the "other guy" not checking his passport before leaving..

Any time I have crossed the border, you are in a single file line up. You don't approach until the guy ahead of you leaves. This is why I was unclear how they had the other guys passport. I guess I missed where they had him into secondary inspection.

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You were fortunate that you stayed closed to border and your passport was returned the next day. Otherwise it would likely been a PIA and cost you money to replace the passport.


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BobsYourUncle wrote:

I remember the days in the 70s when all we had to do is tell them we are going there for coffee!....


I grew up in NW Washington. I remember many times crossing the border in a school bus for a field trip. At the most the border agent stepped on the bus and counted heads to make sure they matched the number of parental permission slips the driver had.

Heck, I even remember a number of the school teachers being border guards during the summer for supplemental income. Easy to do since they were already employed by the government.

Times have changed. And I don't think for the better.

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Eric&Lisa wrote:

BobsYourUncle wrote:

I remember the days in the 70s when all we had to do is tell them we are going there for coffee!....



Times have changed. And I don't think for the better.

-Eric


The events on 9/11 have changed the way many things are done in this country.

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lakeside013104 wrote:

Eric&Lisa wrote:

BobsYourUncle wrote:

I remember the days in the 70s when all we had to do is tell them we are going there for coffee!....



Times have changed. And I don't think for the better.

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The events on 9/11 have changed the way many things are done in this country.

Lakeside


Yes, and not just at the borders. But the "we will never forget" have lost out. Bad enough the home country of the people that attacked is not even on the list of countries for extra check
before they can get a visa, it is possible we will send troops to die for them.

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