I forgot to call the open-mouth show on CKNW and whine about this one:
About 6 mos ago, I came thru Vancouver Int to PG. The plane was delayed for hours w a mechanical problem so I checked in my bag so I didn’t have to haul it around for 3 hours. When I got home I found the SOMEONE had opened the bag, dug out my camera, removed the camera from the camerabag and put it back in the flight bag. Dicks.
I called in, filed a police report and ended up with flight credits for the camera AND for the delay! Bonus, right?
Well I had to use some of those credits up last month and flew down to the coast. When I flew back, I was late getting to the airport because of all the construction delays, and rushed to security.
A> It was a 5:45 flight, dinnertime. So they’d shut down ALL the security checkthrus except one. With a huge lineup.
B> Not ONE fucking security person spoke English as a fist language. Nor French. I had TWO laptops to check thru, so one goes in a plastic container, then the bag in another, then the other laptop, then the other laptop bag, then one for all the contents of my pockets. The woman nattered at me the whole time in some kind of pidgin english.
C> My belt set off the guys wand. It didn’t in PG coming down, but I had to go by the hand gestures as the 80 yr old guy muttered in some obscure dialect.
D> Then the first four trays came out and everything stopped while one of the women held up a coat and shouted ‘who belong this’ until she found the owner. Some lady’s tray came down the line. Then another lady’s. Then mine. Out of order to the way they came in. I grabbed my stuff and ran towards the gate
E> I made a comment to another lady about the BS security and she answered “better safe than sorry” as we ran. Goddam Yankee response. Excuse me but I don’t feel particularly safe being checked by 80yr old new immigrants making minimum wage for some SCAB security oufit. That’s complete bullshit for security.
F> So I land in PG and wheel up to the A&Rubberchew because I haven’t eaten. One of the items I had to toss in the tray was my magnetic moneyclip. It had about $50 in 5s and a $20 on the outside. When I pulled it out there were only 6 5s and no 20!!!
They made up that mixup with the trays at the airport to STEAL my money!!! If it happened to me, it happens to other people too!
TWICE THRU VANCOUVER AIRPORT AND TWICE RIPPED OFF BY THIEVES EMPLOYED THERE!!!
btw As he drove me to the airport the brother-in-law told me of an airport carpark being investigated. I guess someone called CKNW because they came back from a 2 week vacation, there were dents in the car, it was dirty, the ashtray was full and they didn’t smoke.
The call resulted in dozens of others calling in with similar tales of the same outfit. One guy logged his business use, and there were 425 extra kms on the odometer from when he parked it. Everyone said their tanks were empty when they picked up their cars.