I have been here for 4 months now! The time has really flown by. I absolutely love it here. If I could go to school and find my dream job, I could potentially stay here (or in the area) for who knows how long. I know I wrote a post before about looking like a tourist, which isn’t a big deal. The other day I was around the Market 28 area(a very tourist area with lots of shops that sell Mexican items) and I didn’t know the fastest way to get to Wal-Mart. Of course, a guy comes up to me and asked what I was looking for. I tell him and he points in the direction. He asks where are you from(¿de dónde eres?) I told him that I live here, but didn’t know my way. It was almost like he didn’t believe me and asks “where?” I tell him the approximate area. He might’ve been a little baffled. I thank him and go on my way. I love surprising people! 🙂
Before I say anything…I never believe people and I never hand out money…this is unbelievable. What I’m about to tell you will make you never trust people again. I am not a nieve person, but it happened today…GRRRRRRRRRRRRR!
So, I was walking from the bus stop and I see this guy and just do the usual “hola.” This guy keeps going and then turns around and looks kind of frantic. I was a bit worried and skeptical at first, but decided to listen. He first asks if I speak English and then proceeds to tell me this story…I should back up a bit. He was dressed as a tourist…He was about 55 years old, nice shirt, nice shorts, hat, and sandals. He tells me that he doesn’t usually do this, but he needed help and was desperate. He said he arrived in Mexico at the bus station and was held at knifepoint by 3 guys. He said he had on a fanny pack(which sounds dumb, but could really happen), was carrying a really nice guitar. He said this whole story of how his life flashed before his eyes and he really didn’ t think that could be the case, but it did. He said he was grateful that he was alive. He went on about how he learned a lesson and that he couldn’t stay anywhere because he didn’t have his passport(in his fanny pack). Oh he started kind of almost spitting and he apologized and said it was because he didn’t have his bottom teeth anymore, they were also in his fanny pack! He said he finally found one place that would let him stay for about 250 pesos…he said he hadn’t had anything to eat and was had to go to Mcdonalds to use the bathroom. He said the one at the bus station makes you pay 5 pesos or something…He started to tear up and said that he is ashamed that he even has to ask and that he would never otherwise ask… Long story, but all I had was 500 pesos(around $50 US). I figured that he could wash his clothes and get something to eat too. I was being nice! I really thought this guy was legit! He even gave me his name and said he had gmail and fb accounts and that he would send me twice the amount. He said I was heaven-sent or something…I felt so good about myself helping someone in desperate need! I googled his name when I get home and find this article…from a blog
This is Roy Allen Smith, an American who was arrested in July for attempting to steal $9500 pesos worth of jewelry from a store in Isla Mujeres. Yesterday I received an email from a German named Jakob Henschel saying he was scammed by this man in Cancun the day before and asked me to publish this picture and tell what happened. Jakob says he was in Cancun, at the corner of Bonampak and Chichen Itza. He says Roy Allen Smith and his wife Ann (nee Soto) Smith said they were tourists who had been robbed of all their money by a taxi driver and needed money to go to the US Embassy in Merida. He said they had American accents and he had no reason not to believe them, so he gave them money. He would like to warn others. I advised him to contact the police, which he will have to do via Internet, since he was leaving Cancun.
I just want to say all the swear words and I’m feeling really bad or ashamed that I fell for it. He took my time and my money! I need to let other people know this as well. I never fall for stupid stuff. I even left some parts out on how he talked about the guitar being from his ex, blah, blah,etc… He could’ve won an academy award! I came home and told my parents and they were like “Corinne, you got scammed.” I was so sure and now I’m going to be bitter! Like it’s going to take me some time to get over this! Yes, it was only $50, but still! I do have a big heart, and that is never a bad thing. I wouldn’t have fallen for it, if he hadn’t cried! Please someone tell me something to make me feel better! I feel like crap now! 😦
My friend and I get on a bus tonight(route 44 that goes to La Gran Plaza). The bus driver just shakes his head no and says no hotel zonera. I say, “yo vivo aqui!” (I live here). We don’t want to go to the hotel zone. It made me laugh… I will always look like a tourist, which is fine. 🙂