According to Susan Glaser with Cleveland.com, 19-year-old Aimee Schneider, from Marburg, Germany, was sent back to her home country after U.S. customs refused to let her get on a flight from Philly to Cleveland Hopkins, for claiming, “Who would vacation in Cleveland?”
Reportedly, the teen was planning to visit Vermilion, Ohio, to spend time with her family, take a few side trips, and work on her English. Her mistake? She offered to watch her relatives' children once in a while when they were at work – the true “violation” of her tourist visa.
A spokesman for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said foreign visitors are welcome here – provided they have the right documentation and are honest about why they're coming.
Border officials just couldn't grasp anyone would come here for a vacation, and believed her to also be coming to make money babysitting, yet the family claims that was never the case:
Nothing definite was worked out; there was never any discussion of money. Babysitting was never the primary reason for the trip, which was planned back in January. "She mentioned helping out with the kids, to give her something to do," said Holmes.
How is Schnieder spending her summer now? Glaser states she's working at a movie theater in Germany, too scared to try again, though she really wants to.
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