When Molly Hill, from Melbourne in Australia, flew to Hawaii earlier this week to spend three months in America with her boyfriend, who was American himself, she couldn't wait. But what awaited Molly wasn't a romantic holiday of dreams, but a nightmare scenario with US customs who ended up arresting her.
All because of a couple of things she'd mindlessly jotted in her personal diary.
26-year-old Molly had met her boyfriend on a previous trip to Hawaii where she had gone for a friend's wedding, reports News.com.au. The pair hit it off, developed a relationship, and Molly even quit her job so she could travel back to the US to spend an extended period of time with her boyfriend.
She booked her return flight for 88 days' time; two days inside the legal amount of time she could stay in the country on a tourist visa.
But when she arrived in Honolulu, the young woman was met by border control workers who were extremely suspicious about her intentions for coming to the country. Writing in a post on Facebook, she described how she was taken into a private interview room and "had every inch of my luggage searched."
The customs officers interrogated Molly for six hours, questioning her about her American boyfriend, and eventually decided that she was trying to emigrate to the US illegally for longer than the 88 days her return flight indicated.
How they reached this conclusion? Some of the things Molly had written in her diary.
"My diary had notes like 'going away drinks' and 'last day at work', things I got in order before expecting to be away for three months," she wrote on Facebook.
Following a series of failed attempts to convince the officers she wasn't lying, and that she had every intention to leave the country within her designated 90 days, Molly was told there were no more flights back to Australia that day, and that she'd be kept in a detention centre overnight instead.
"A few more hours later, myself and a Japanese woman were handcuffed and transported to the detention centre, which was a federal prison," she recalled.
There, she was forced to undress, had every inch of her body searched, and was even asked whether her tattoos were gang related. "I couldn't believe I was in the same place as the chick whose boyfriend convinced her to drive 70 lb's of heroin and meth over the Mexican border," Molly wrote.
To make matters worse, the following day was Molly's birthday. Instead of waking up to presents or breakfast in bed, as you might hope, she was awoken to the sound of "an officer who yelled 'Hill! You're getting released today'."
Molly was released, and then forced to pay $620 AU (over £350) for a flight back to Sydney, where she is now.
"It's been a surreal few days that's taken a big chunk of money, heartache and tears," she wrote, explaining how she's "so exhausted I think I'll sleep for a week then decide what to do next."
Who knows if the US' border control would have been quite so tight before Trump and the 'no entry' attitude he's brought with him, but Molly certainly seems to think that had an impact. So if you have any plans for an extended break Stateside, don't make any notes in your diary about saying goodbye to anyone or you could find yourself on the next plane home, too.
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