Well since we only know what has been posted it might SEEM odd; however, if he actually threw the change on the counter and turned for the door, I doubt if the officer thought he was just walking out to find a bank. BTW, since you said you've had this problem several times before - didn't you clue your buddy to the fact that he would need more than the change in his pocket or how to 'handle' the guys at the overstay office?
As for the way you were treated by the U.S. and British officials, do you think their actions might have something to do with the way you were acting? Tell you what, next time you go to the U.S., and the customs guy asks you a question, just start belittling his career choice, his IQ, his family and then throw a pocket full of change on the desk in front of him. Tell us how he responds, OK?
What makes you think he was a "yank"?
He was rude, he had to be a yank.....
It's true. I've never met an arrogant Brit, Aussie, or Kiwi in my life. Salt of the earth they are.
Vanny, I never realized how much of your arguments are based on speculation from your rectum. As I've said before, I'm not defending my friend for being a dick...I'm just trying to get some discussion going here. I find it interesting that some of you seem to condone what I think is pretty irresponsible behavior. Now, I said he put the change down on the table and walked away. Not smart, but I know he wouldn't have thrown it down on the table. I wasn't there, but I know my friend well enough that he wouldn't have been deliberately combative and rash. He was frustrated and clueless.
And customs usually searches you based on the way you look, Vanny. I didn't go out of my way to be an asshole to them when I was walking by. Now if I had given them attitude AFTER they took me to the little room, maybe I would have met Mr Rubber Glove. But I've learned it's best to just cooperate and let the fingers wander. And Bob...c'mon, you can make a better "obnoxious foreigner parody" than that. weeeaaak.