Don't let all the Mexican Immigrants take over our hospitality industry juuust yet
Let’s not go overboard about Mexican hospitality, Chris. It’s still a long way from Grandma’s house.
Mexico is by no means the Valhalla of unshady, feel-good service by any stretch of the imagination. And the service folk are after your money as much –if not more– than US service workers.
The only place I’ve been in Mexico is Cozumel, but from what I’ve been told is it’s no different than any other tourist hot-spot in Mexico. Anywhere you go, you’re bombarded with requests to buy fake silver, t-shirts, or any kind of crap possible. Don’t even try to “relax” on a beach without kids trying to braid your bald head.
When I walked by one small trinket shop and refused the man’s offer of silver and beer, he offered me his 15 year-old sister for 10 dollars with a grin.
I did play at the Cozumel Golf Club, a Nicklaus 4-star property, and the staff there were friendly and unsketchy. Our waitress had a sweet little smile and the pride Chris talks about, but aside from that they did make sure they charged us for everything from range balls to tees, even though it was a $140 course.
Mexicans want our greenbacks as much as tourists wonder where it all went at the end of a trip.
Of everywhere I’ve been in the Caribbean (about 12 islands) I would give my “Least Shady Award” to Puerto Rico.
I passed on the 15 year-old, by the way.
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Reminds me of Thailand, where yes even they import cheap labor from Burma to work on their fishery industry.