Originally Posted by Drake
What was the ticket for?
I guess it is illegal to pee into the Great Lakes.
Now if he had jumped over the side to pee, no one would know.
Trust me, the offender was very surprised.
It would appear there are areas of Lake St Clair that are know routes for smuggling drugs (?) and people out of Canada and into the US.
I am told it is not uncommon for US boaters to cross into Canada for a "day trip", come back with "extra people" who quickly disembark and disappear before the owner reports into customs. Even during the winter, when the Lake is frozen over, people will try to walk from Canada to the US only to be welcomed by a Custom agent and or the local police.
I suspect is it not uncommon in FL. Even though the 'wet foot/dry foot' policy has expired, people are still willing to take a chance to disappear into the "land of milk and honey, where all the streets are paved with pure gold."
If the boat owner is caught and found guilty, I am guessing, his boat is arrested and sold at auction, he will be fined and maybe spend time in prison.
SIGH, So much for my Plan A; to get a date for the prom.
I have talked to some folks who sailed to Haiti. (before the hurricanes this year) They accepted humanitarian stores from a large sailboat with a disabled engine and attempted to take them into Haiti, without a proper manifest. The end results, they were 'captured' upon landing, held until the fine was paid. This involved the police driving them around Haiti to the various ATMs, gathering up cash to pay the fine. Thinking it was 'finished', they return to the court to pay the fine. They discovered, the court had decided to close early that day so they were stuck in Haiti for a couple more days. As I understand it, they did contact the US Consulate and they ensured this couple had better accommodations ashore, while they were trying to resolve this incident.
So you see, even trying to do 'good' can result in you getting the shaft.
Word of advice: don't accept anything without a proper manifest. You would not accept packages for your plane fight even from a friend. Remember the Scotland bomber? He gave his sweetie a present which turned out to be a bomb and brought the plane down.
Sorry about my ramblings....