posted on Jul, 14 2008 @ 04:48 AM
I had a bit of fun this afternoon...
I questioned authority.. They couldn't answer.
To try to set the scene, I'll explain a few things first.
1. entrance to country stamp in passport Auust 2006
2. Final visa extension expires August 2007
3. Left country, returned two weeks later.
4. Entrance to country stamp in passport Aug 2007
5. Final visa extension expires August 2008
At the end of each year, you must leave the country. To do this you must apply for an exit visa.
August of 2007 I did not do this. I just paid immigration controlk ath the airport a 1500 peso fine and they let me leave. No problem no big
deal..nothing to worry about.
This year (today) I thought I'd do it officialy to save myself a 1000 pesos, but at the cost of having my thumb prints taken (which I made every
effort to smudge..no idea if i did though)
Anyway, upon being asked to submit my thumb priunts I asked 'why'?
The immediate reply was 'for your security'
To which i responded, 'how does giving my thumb prints provide me with better security"?
Then came the "Are you refusing, because then you wont be able to leave the country"?
Me, "I'm simply asking how does it provide security"?
The immigration official then tried to hand my passport back to me to get rid of me. and mumbled on about if I refused thenI can't go home.. drivel
Me, "I don't mind so much but please answer my question"
IO, "It's a new company policy".
Me, "Oh, really, then why did this not affect me last year"? (He didn't know I had not applied before or paid the IO's at the airport, but I was
enjoying myself and wasn't going to tell him)
IO, "You've been here two years and you must give you r thumb print because of the new policy".
Well, this took another twist to the 'argument'. I had not been there two years. I had left the country and officialy only been here one year. So, I
had asked how he can explain the difference between two seperate entry/final extension stamps and the need for providing thumb prints in a new
More official claptrap ensued, to which i enquired when did the new policy come into force....
IO, "the year 2000"
Me, "I'm sorry, but a new policy issued over 8 years ago does not give me much confidence in your methods especially when I had no problem last
He contiued to rant about me not going back to my own country...little did he know that i have no interest in going there anyway.. but hey..it was
Then he mentioned it was necesary because of terrorism.
I laughed in his face.
Me, "you're telling me that a 'new' policy that is 8 years old was to combat terrorism, which just happens to be a huge scam and nothing
there was a stoney silence from the IO.
I then proceeded to inform him that the red cross had just declared bush a war criminal and that a federal judge declared Bush a felon.
To this, he obviously realised he was beaten and began to walk away to get some help.
Fun over, I told him that I had no problem with him doing my thumb prints, but could not understand why he would not answer my questions.
Basically, he couldn't as he had no answers and just kept digging an ever deeper hole for himself.
All that to get an exit stamp that I don't really want, to be able to return to a country that i don't want to go back to... and several unanswered
questions from an Immigration Official...
Such fun... What made me giggle even more was the look on everyones faces.. I don't think they've ever seen anyone question an Immigration Officer
like that before. Most of their faces looked as though they were expecting me to pull out an AK or something... I guess many sheep don't question the
Up until I met this guy, i have had no previous problems with the officials in that office, most of which, including security (of what little there
was) seemed to have no idea as to what to say or do with me...
I think they were glad I left...