Homeless in Vancouver: Trashing CBSA shirts borders on careless
The Canada Border Services Agency probably, almost certainly, absolutely definitely, must have guidelines for the proper disposal of guard uniforms.
I’m guessing that a public dumpster behind an apartment building in the Fairview neighbourhood isn’t a proper place to throw away government agency uniforms, but that’s where I found a whole big box full of navy blue CBSA uniform shirts.
Who’s guarding against the possibility of impersonation?
Nice shirts—button-down collars, heavy-weight fabric—each with two large gusseted pockets. I think all of them had been worn, but they were all in great condition, so far as I could tell—and clean.
These shirts would have been perfect for my idea of setting up border controls on Ontario Street between Mount Pleasant and Fairview, but I resisted the urge to keep any. I suspect there are all sorts of legal issues involved in both declaring sovereignty and wearing uniforms shirts branded with CBSA patches.
I don’t know if any other binners or Dumpster divers helped themselves to a shirt. It’s been over two weeks since I took the photos and the shirts are long gone.
If you do see what looks like a Canadian Border Services guard binning for returnable bottles in your back alley, be advised that it’s not what it looks like. The real CBSA guards actually make pretty good money.