Wednesday, December 31, 2008


(This is really an update on THE MOST HATED GRINGO IN THE WORLD - 26.)

We were in El Parque de Embajadora when our friend Roberto walked up to where we were sitting. I asked him why Gringolandians call me a liar when I talk about the Double Price System. His eyes widened as he asked, "What Mexico do they (the Gringolandians) live in?"

Roberto is a retired Mexican with whom I have become a close friend.

He went on to say that Mexicans routinely double charge Americans because we are Gringos. We have dollars. It is assumed we can pay more so we get charged more.

Specifically, we were talking about rents and how the owner will quote one price to a Mexican and another price to the Gringo.

Carmen, Olivia, Erica, Eliza, Mario, Martha. Bertha, Rafa, Luli, and now Roberto all attesting to the Double Price System in Mexico.

There is even a clue to the veracity of this fact of Mexican life in the language itself:

"Te ven la cara de gringo y te buscan sacar hasta el ultimo centavito. " (You see the face of a gringo and you seek to take out until the last centavito...)

Yet, Gringos will call me a bigot for even suggesting that their angelic concept of Mexico and Mexicans could be anything other than purity and light itself.

Anyone care to explain that?

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