I wrote about seeing a Canada Goose label casually deposited on the floor of the bus shelter I wait at (sometimes it seems like forever) when I am commuting to work. You can read about it here in case you missed it. However, it seems like I made a mistake.
I found myself at the bus shelter on Wednesday morning and because I had barely missed the bus, I had time to look around the bus shelter again (I was trying to stay out of the sun because I had forgotten my hat) and unsurprisingly, the label was still there. I took a look at it and realized that I had made two mistakes. The first was that it didn’t read “Canada Goose”, but rather Canadian Goose. Before I could definitely conclude that this was some gigantic ripoff, I kicked the label and discovered it to be a box. Upon closer (though certainly not touching) inspection, I realized that this was a discarded cigarette pack.
If my confusion is not evident, let me sum up a few things. Obviously, this had to be some foreign knockoff brand that was probably not legal in Canada. Copyright infringement aside, the package was not displaying any of the gruesome anti smoking pictures I expect to see.
I am not a smoker, but I have been told that cigarettes are expensive in Canada. As a result, illegal importation/smuggling and counterfeit cigarettes made in foreign countries are probably pretty common. I imagine that funds from these ventures find their way into the pockets of organized crime, terrorists, and the pockets of the leaders of some countries.
Funny what a trip on the bus can teach you.