By Amy Alkon
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from Advice Goddess Blog.
U.S. Customs Staffed By Morons
A virtuoso floutist who performs regularly with The Boston Camerata had 13 of his instruments destroyed by some idiot at Customs. From The Boston Globe:
A US Customs official at New York’s JFK Airport mistook the instruments for pieces of bamboo and destroyed them. Razgui, a Canadian citizen who lives some of the time in Brockton, had flown last week from Morocco to Boston, with stops in Madrid and New York. In New York, he says, an official opened his luggage and found the 13 flutelike instruments — 11 nays and two kawalas. Razgui says he had made all of the instruments using hard-to-find reeds. “They said this is an agriculture item,” said Razgui, who was not present when his bag was opened. “I fly with them in and out all the time and this is the first time there has been a problem. This is my life.” When his baggage arrived in Boston, the instruments were gone. He was instead given a number to call. “They told me they were destroyed,” he says. “Nobody talked to me. They said I have to write a letter to the Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.
Will this letter set a time machine in motion, sending him back to the day before he flew here and had his bags examined and his flutes wood-chipped by a dead-eyed,
culture-blank, government-employed idiot?