Easter Sunday is a great time of family togetherness. The kids hunt for hard boiled eggs we have dyed garish colors and plastic eggs we have filled with jelly beans and other confections, but one thing many kids will not be getting this year is a Kinder Surprise egg. At least not in the US.
Popular in Europe, these Kinder Surprise eggs are very thin chocolate eggs that crack open to reveal a surprise inside. Usually it's a tiny toy of some kind -- a ring, an animal, a cartoon character. This isn't the kind of thing you want to give a baby, but is definitely a fun little treat for an older child. Well, not according to US Customs.
The US Customs and Border Protection issued a reminder last week warning that the candy is considered unsafe for children under 3. Last year, Customs and Border Protection seized 25,000 of them in 1,700 separate cases, according to CNN. Yes, that's right. Our border patrol is taking candy from babies. And adults, too.
What's next? Will traffic cops soon be taking on Peeps, lest they try to cross the road? Will jelly beans be confiscated at the DMV in case we eat them and drive?
Actually, if the Kinder Surprise eggs were being used to smuggle drugs or weapons, then maybe. But the criminal masterminds already tried that one. Last December (how seasonally appropriate!). And they were caught. These are a whole other story. They are being confiscated for the toy. Seriously.
Those customs agents want your gumball machine ring NOW.
One woman said that she was offered a seven-page letter detailing how she could get her egg back after it was confiscated at customs. She was asked if she wanted the egg back or if she was going to abandon rights to it. She said: "I was in disbelief. It's a $2 egg."
Right ... so as I play Easter bunny this weekend and fill my babies' baskets with goodies (including some plastic eggs stuffed with choking hazards), I will be reminded never to try to take anything Easter-related on a plane. I would have better luck toting my hash pipe and some Cuban cigars.
Does this amuse you, too?
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