Oct 10, 2009, 7:20 AM
Post #1 of 21
My good "electronic" friend Jerezano and communicated with me by private message indicating that I have been unfair to WalMex with my recent messages about my having been pickpocketed in the Ajijic WalMart parking lot. In that message, he stated that Mexicans are not used to secure parking lots. Forgive me, Jerezano, for discussing your private message here publicly but you brought us some good points worth discussing on the open forum.
First of all, I was not criticizing WalMex nor its affiliates, simply the local Ajijic store. We did not desert WalMex and actually simply switched stores as we now shop at WalMex-owned Bodega Aurrera in Jocotepec so don´t get me wrong here. My messages were aimed at warning other locals of the dangers inherent in patronizing that parking lot so that readers would be on the alert at all times there and, if they are smarter than I was, accept no help of any kind from anyone.
Now, as to secure parking. Jerezano does not live in the Guadalajara area as do we part of the year but I can assure the reader that secure parking is not uncommon in Guadalajara at all. As an example. before WalMart opened a store in Ajijic, we often shopped at the WalMart in Plaza Mexico in Guadalajara where there is a pay parking lot which is free for a time if one purchases something at a store there and that fee parking lot is constantly patrolled and, ironically, the only rather than that parking lot to save ten pesos while I visiited a neighborhood doctor. When I returned, my rear view mirrors were gone so in order to save ten pesos, I spent about 1,000 Pesos to replace those mirrors. If Plaza Mexico can secure its parking lot with WalMart as its anchor tenant then WalMart can do it here.
That´s no all. We also live in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, a town that is a den of thieves if there ever was one. When we shop the Chedraui box store there we always know that the parking lot is constantly patrolled by guys affiliated with the store. While we still must remain vigilant, we know these guys provide us with an extra measure of security at all times. I won´t go into the details here but this is not rocket science folks.
Now, I don´t mean to harp on this subject but some readers have, in turn, harped on my irresponsible inattention to my surroundings when I was pickpocketed in the Ajijic WalMart parking lot but listen to this folks. These guys who robbed me are as slick as owl s**t. They are fast and they are accomplished and I have been shopping at boxstores all over Mexioco for almost ten years always on the alert until that one 30 second moment when I decided to be nice to some middle-aged dude who plaintively requested that I allow him to load the groceries in my car. It only takes one time and a few seconds.