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Canadian to Border Patrol: Manners cost nothing

Posted by sanityinjection on March 4, 2009

The Canadian National Post brings us the tale of Desiderio Fortunato, who was pepper-sprayed by US border patrol agents for refusing to obey their orders unless they said “Please”:

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=1351216

My first comment is that I see no reason why Border Patrol agents should not be polite and use words like “Please” and “Thank You”.  However, as some of the comments posted on that story stated, ultimately the Border Patrol is issuing orders, not requests. If you find fault with their manners, you can complain to their superiors, but you can’t refuse to do what they say.

Furthermore, I think America’s patience with folks like this self-admitted “stickler for courtesy and respect” has worn thin after terrorists rudely and discourteously murdered thousands of our citizens. Perhaps if Mr. Fortunato were a stickler for tough immigration controls in Canada itself, the US-Canadian border wouldn’t need to be as vigilantly guarded.

My final suggestion is that we make use of Mr. Fortunato’s expertise in the area of politeness and good manners by sending him on an all-expenses paid, one-way trip to Al Qaeda headquarters in Pakistan, so that he may educate the terrorists on how to more politely and respectfully blow sh*t up. But first, in order to prepare him for that, we should send him to French-speaking Canada so he can learn what real rudeness is like!

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4 Responses to “Canadian to Border Patrol: Manners cost nothing”

  1. Marilou said

    Shame on you for speaking about French Canadians that way. Your prejudice remarks are inappropriate.

    What has this world come to? Does anyone have any respect or courtesy anymore? What’s wrong with demanding respect? OR saying PLEASE?

    Have you ever read the CBP’s PLEDGE TO TRAVELERS?

    * We pledge to cordially greet and welcome you to the United States.
    * We pledge to treat you with courtesy, dignity, and respect.
    * We pledge to explain the CBP process to you.
    * We pledge to have a supervisor listen to your comments.
    * We pledge to accept and respond to your comments in written, verbal, or electronic form.
    * We pledge to provide reasonable assistance due to delay or disability.

    It’s about time someone took a stand for what is right. Officers with badges are not superior than any other human being and should give respect to get it.

  2. sanityinjection said

    Marilou – Maybe you can purchase a sense of humor on EBay.

  3. tubby said

    This guy seems like a bit of a nut. That being said, the constant threat of a terrorist attack is no justification for forgetting common decency or behaving like a vigilante. It does sound like these agents were just following “protocol”, and I don’t fault them for acting the way they did (even though I’m sure emotions played a part).

    There’s a difference between “saying please” and firmly, respectfully commanding someone to do something. Whether or not this Canadian guy can discern the difference is another story…

    Oh and SI, as for your French Canadian quip, can we assume it was just a glib generalization, or might experience have led you to make that comment? Now if the same stereotype was made using Parisians, I — and possibly Marilou — would find the humor, and happily join you in your heckling.

  4. sanityinjection said

    Both experience *and* a glib generalization!

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