[Montreal Gazette] A Montreal woman who was ordered to strip by border agents looking for a pink tattoo has lost her legal bid for compensation — and hope for changes to vetting procedures. It’s the latest, and possibly final, twist in Sylvie Ménard’s three-year fight. In a recent judgment, the Quebec Superior Court dismissed her challenge, saying authorities had reasonable justification to act as they did. The saga began in the night of April 11-12, 2009 when Ménard, who had never run afoul of the law, flew home from a Mexico vacation to an unsettling encounter at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. After being questioned by airport customs personnel she was pulled aside. Her luggage was tested for drug residue and her name put through a computer. A border officer read out Ménard’s rights, handcuffed her and placed her in a cell. The computer said her name matched that of a suspected criminal with the same birth date, and police were called. Things got worse for the “really stressed” woman when a female border officer asked her to disrobe to see if she had a pink tattoo on her buttocks. The officer would later check again to see if an inky design — apparently a distinguishing mark of her wanted namesake — had been erased with a laser. A subsequent police check of photographic records revealed that the actual suspect looked rather different. A spokesman for the Canada Border Services Agency told The Canadian Press shortly after the original incident that false matches occur and such checks are necessary. “We can’t let someone enter the country unless we’re absolutely certain about their identity.”
Well apparently Dave Chappelle was full of shit when he told us all that the “spread your cheeks” form of identification was only requested of black people. Regardless, good for the Canada Border Services Agency. Obviously this officer was going above & beyond gazing right up this chick’s starfish TWICE to protect his country’s border. You think he had a good time inspecting those cottage cheese cheeks? Shifting his eyeballs from pock mark to pock mark looking for possible traces of laser tattoo removal? This bitch should just be happy to drop trou, prove her innocence & accept the process intended to keep criminal activity out of America’s Hat. Maybe in a perfect world you’d have had your sexy panties on or at least gotten dinner out of the deal before you had your ass parted, but the fight against crime is an imperfect battle.