"Most British Columbians just go over the border to Washington State to get cheap gas (petrol) since our gas is $1.72 CAN a litre whereas Washington state is $1.05 CAN a litre or even less in some places!"
Unfortunately, some of them bring their attitudes with them. Remember standing in line to buy cigs at a convenience store in Blaine listening to a gal (old enough to know better) literally SCREAMING at the cashier for trying to rip her off.
The alleged crime was trying to charge her like $26.00 for $20.00 worth of gasoline. She just couldn't/wouldn't understand that the CANADIAN $20.00 bill she handed the clerk was worth about $15.00 US. Worst thing about it is that I could save money by driving 30 miles south to get gas...Blaine gas prices are about the highest in WA state...wonder why.
It's not just gas. I've seen cars with back seats filled with groceries, especially milk and eggs.
Interesting trying to get a doctor's appointment within 50 miles of the border, as there seems to be an issue with the Canadian "free health care for all" which makes paying cash to a US doctor a better alternative. It could be that calling in and getting a doctor's appointment for the next day is the norm, rather than the exception.
Weirdest thing is that there is apparently something about crossing the border which affects Canadian drivers in a negative manner. I know for a fact that streets north of the border in Canada come equipped with stop lights, stop signs, speed limit signs, etc. Never could figure out why cars with Canadian plates always seemed to have difficulty figuring these signs out when in the US.