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Canada Border Services Officers buy meals for US Customs & Border Protection workers in Detroit

Posted: 7:16 PM, Jan 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-18 20:49:36-05

DETROIT, MICHIGAN (WXYZ) — When Canada Border Services Officers heard that their American counterparts were being forced to work without pay, they felt empathy. They rely on their paychecks to provide for themselves and their families.

“All my colleagues here, we rounded up for the past few days raising $600. We got pizzas for all three of their shifts. We also brought coffee and donuts as well,” said Mike Bechard, a Canada Border Services Officer.

They took that money and teamed up with Antonino’s Pizza, a restaurant that serves 32 slice “King” size pies and canolis. The restaurant gave them a discount so they could feed as many officers as possible.

“I definitely feel bad for them. It is not fair to them or for the rest of the country for that to happen,” said James Scott, Antonino’s Pizza Manager.

The officers WXYZ spoke to say they hope the meals send a message.

“It was just a kind gesture to our U.S. colleagues to show them our support,” said Officer Sandrine Fleurancois.

“Their Canadian counterparts are thinking of them,” said Officer Bechard.