Monday, September 8, 2008
Didn't need a passport in 1944...
An old New Zealand gentleman aged 83 years was holding up the customs queue at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France. He couldn't find his passport, and was agitating the customs officer.
"Have you been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked impatiently.
As he continued to rummage in his bag, he admitted to having come to France previously.
"Then you should have had your passport ready!" the customs officer retorted, rather rudely.
The old Kiwi said he didn't need it last time he came to France.
"Impossible!" the customs officer exclaimed. "Everybody must show their passports when they come to France."
As the old man finally found his passport and handed it over to the rude customs officer, he gave the Frenchman a long hard look and quietly said,"Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach with the American Army on D-Day in 1944 to liberate your country, I couldn't find anybody to give my passport to. He took his passport and walked through.
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