Oct 22, 2009, 5:01 PM
Post #1 of 7
I started a new thread because my questions about DVD's and shipping and my dog were getting all mixed together.
I went on line and purchased a region free DVD player. I told Timo about just taking 20 DVD's with him, but being the stubborn Mexicano that he is, he doesn't believe me. At the same time, he is muy listo, so he probably knows better than I do. He says he is going to ship his clothing ahead of time, so he doesn't have to haul a suitcase around, and take the DVD player and DVD's in his muchila.
I wrote in another thread that when we went to Mexico in 2006, we were stopped and our bags were inspected. They charged him $50 for our DVD player and DVD's that we were bringing with us. When it happened, I didn't know what the heck was going on and just let him handle it. I was a little scared with their attitude and manners, didn't know much Spanish, and was glad that Timo was with me. I asked him about it tonight and he explained to me that they were Policia de Transito. This was in Sonoyta. We had come from Tijuana, where we tried to exchange $1,000 for pesos. The guy told us that he didn't have enough to exchange $1,000, so we exchanged $500. Timo thinks that this guy called Sonoyta and told his buddy that we had US dollars. So when we arrived in Sonoyta, they knew we were coming and that we had dollars. The officer demanded $50 US dollars. Timo told him that "we are in Mexico now" we deal in pesos. The guy was pretty angry, threatened to make us leave the suitcase if we didn't pay. Timo told him he would call the police, and the guy finally settled for 500 pesos.
A couple of years ago, 3 of Timo's buddies went back to Chiapas. They flew to Tapachula via Mexico City. An officer stopped them and wanted $1,000 USD to give them their suitcases. He "accused" them of being Hondurenos. One guy showed him his ID proving that he was from Chiapas. He said he was just going home by way of Tapachula to Motozintla. The officer tore up his ID and continued to demand $1,000. Finally, one of the muchachos said he was going to call the police, and the guy let them go.