via Winnipeg Free Press
VANCOUVER – A U.S. man who was detained at the border while returning home from Vancouver because he was carrying chocolate Kinder Eggs says the American law banning the treats should be eradicated.
Chris Sweeney and his husband Brandon Loo of Seattle were on their way back to Seattle after a recent trip to Vancouver, when American border guards told them that six Kinder Eggs in the trunk of their car are illegal in the United States.
The popular German chocolate eggs, which contain small plastic toys inside, are considered a choking hazard in the U.S.
Sweeney says a border guard told them they could be fined $2,500 per egg, and then ordered them to head to a detention centre, where they sat for more than two hours.
But after waiting and worrying about the possibility of a hefty fine, Sweeney says border staff inside the detention centre brushed off the offence and merely told them to never bring Kinder Eggs across the border again.
Sweeney says the ordeal was a waste of time, especially because the contraband treats weren’t even confiscated, allowing Sweeney and Loo to hand them to friends and family in Seattle.