In an interview on David Letterman, actor Robert Downey, Jr., talked about a problem he had last year in Japan, when upon entering Japan he was detained and questioned about his past criminal record. Downey said:
I probably should have seen there was a sign that said ‘No Felons Allowed’ in English and Japanese and I haven’t had that expunged yet,” he said. “You can actually get things expunged but I’ve been pretty busy. So I was detained, I was interrogated. It was a blast.
Haven’t you settled up? Haven’t you paid your debts? Letterman asked.
Clearly I haven’t paid my debts to Japan, said Downey.
While I certainly feel somewhat bad for Mr. Downey, this short exchange gave the impression that nothing similar would ever happen in America! Hah!
So, if you were watching David Letterman and thanking your lucky stars that America is far nicer to arriving tourists than Japan–think again!