Canada is Florida’s single largest international tourism market, accounting for three per cent of visitors. Americans make up 88 per cent, while other international visitors contribute nine per cent. Tourists spend more than $60 billion in the state each year.So you would think that the locals would be very keen on making as receptive a welcome to persons from outside the state as possible. Of course, if you think this, you've never been anywhere in the American south. Consider the following news bulletin posted about a rather unstable but not unusual character assaulting a set of Canadian tourists.
Floridian sicks police on "terrorist"This is what a decade of bogus furore and incendiary political machinations aimed at those who happen not to pray to ole' glory and pontificate on a daily basis the virtues of the American hedgemon produces. Given that only one third of Americans even own a passport, it isn't surprising that the nation is filled with xenophobes. What I find appalling about these assholes, is their use of violence against anyone they consider remotely different than themselves.
"What's that, some kind of foreign licence plate? Yeah, that guy's definitely a terrorist."
That's what Joseph Tarochione thought when he spotted a set of white-and-blue Ontario plates on a car in Florida, apparently.
On January 31, the 73-year-old Homosassa, Florida man dialed police, said he was with the Department of Defense and asked them to inspect a vehicle belonging to a Canadian tourist for bombs, reports News 13.
Tarochione had used his own vehicle to force the Ontario car off the road and into the parking lot of a strip club, where he held the, um, suspects until officers arrived.
Problem is, Tarochione is not actually with the Department of Defense. And the tourists were not terrorists. Just Canadians. No bombs.
That doesn't mean firepower wasn't involved. When police searched Tarochione's car, they found a .22 Magnum handgun, a .22 long rifle revolver, a 16-gauge shotgun and ammunition.
Good thing he didn't try to use any of them during his "arrest." No one was harmed during the incident.
Tarochione was later arrested and jailed for impersonating a law enforcement officer.
Again, it's just another example of how Americans view themselves and rest of the world.