Apr 26, 2011, 9:07 AM
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Or is it much more fun to watch them get jacked by all the same locals. The Japanese Community in Ensenada has been around since before World War Two. They actually publish privately a bulletin on: What Gas Stations to go to. What lawyers to use, Architects, stores, doctors, etc. The idea was that if one member has unsuccessful business dealings, then there should be no need for everyone to suffer the same consequences. In the beginning, because they were FOREIGNERS, they did this for survival because they fell pray to all kinds of shenanigans. Now they just want to look out for each other.
With us Americans its just one big comedy. Even when they ask you, they rarely take your advice. A great example was when I had the store, a newcomer American asks, "Can you recommend a Dermatologist? My back needs to be looked at." Sure we know a really good one, and I go to the trouble of looking up the phone number and giving it to him." Two weeks later he comes back and complains that his back is killing him and its all infected. I ask, "Did you go to the person that I recommended?" No, "Someone in my church recommended their cousin." "Was he a Dermatologist?" "No" he answered. So they're going to complain to you even if they don't take your advise. In Stores many newcomers mistake 200 peso bills for 20 peso bills after changing money. I know this from personal experience. I, myself, would always tell the person. Nobody ever said thanks for telling them. They want to make their own mistakes. I guess that's the only way they can learn.
One problem that I personally have from all this is that the Americans are considered such easy prey, that I too am sometimes lumped in with all these hapless expatriates. The opening price is always about twice the price the locals pay. So I have to be more on my guard and try much harder to get anything accomplished because I too am a victim of the same stigma. If you don't think any of this is true, then humor me and do a little experiment. For one month, carefully count your change after making every purchase in Mexico just to see how many times its correct. Don't leave your brain at the border.