I don't know if anyone else in the border states have this problem, but I work at a very popular mall store about 30 mins from Windsor. The amount of Canadian customers we get is tremendous. When I'm on register, usually an explanation of, "I'm sorry, we don't accept Canadian, but anything with a Visa or Mastercard logo on it will work just fine." I don't mind explaining that I can't accept a debit card and why, and usually the customer understands.
The other day a very irate Canadian lady came in a yelled at us that it was unheard of that we don't accept her foreign money until we gave her and her whole family their drinks for free. One, this is a mall with stores like Lacoste, Louis Vuitton, Coach... etc. Who would come here without a credit card??? Two, we aren't even on the border. My store is at least 30-45 mins away. It's not like I come to Canada and expect people in Toronto to accept my American money.
Does anyone else have this problem? Do you think it was a scam? (I'm from Canada and us folks are nicer than that.)