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Old 06-17-2008   #1 (permalink)
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"Don't go to Mexico"

Just had to vent -- I was on Trip Advisor and a person posted about their awful experience at one of the Iberostar hotels. Said a bunch of people in their party got salmonella. Which is awful, although I know a bunch of people in the US have contacted salmonella from tomatoes. The person went on to complain that the hospital actually wanted to be paid for taking care of them, and their health insurance doesn't work in Mexico. I posted a reply and they PM'ed me and ended their "advice" by telling me just not to go to Mexico because we give them enough of our money and we should support the US economy instead. It was so insulting and it made me so mad

Some people really should just stay home. And keep their unsolicited advice to themselves.

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proof positive that Americans have weak stomachs???
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proof positive that Americans have weak stomachs???
... weak stomachs for AI food!!!!!!!!!!!!
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trip advisor thoughts

I think that trip advisor is totally beat. Glad you gave the guy your 2 cents. When I go to trip advisor for some information, it's funny how so many people (typically Americans) complain about the quality of food, the quality of rooms and that sort of thing. For instance the AI's. I think it's funny that people will say they get bored with their buffets about 3 days into the trip. I want to know what these people are used to eating in Everyday USA for breakfast, as when I have gone to AI's they have eggs, waffles, toast, pastries, yogurt, bacon, pancakes, fruit, coffee, and then they always have local delicacies as well as many foreign foods (when we were at the Riu one time they had countless German entrees). How can one be bored with eating eggs and bacon one day, then oatmeal and yogurt another, then pancakes and pastries another? Do they eat like that at home? I betcha it's more like a coffee and piece of toast if they're lucky.
Same people will post that their rooms weren't cleaned until 3pm. Well I bet at many of these people's homes they live in clutter and mess anyways. What's the big deal if your bed isn't made until 4pm. You shouldn't be in your room, but outside at the beach or golf course.
I have a feeling that many people go onto the trip advisor if they really want to get back at the hotel for not making things right during their visit. Not the way to do things, as a smile goes miles with hotel situations that may come up. Countless times I saw the typical Angry Everyday American complaining in English at the front desk of many Mexican hotels, while for me, saying a quick hola, come esta and smiling, well I have received room upgrades, complimentary wine in the room, gift baskets.
This person who complained about the hospital, is probably the same person who complains about the above mentioned. You have to take trip advisor for what it is and take out the very good reports and very bad reports about locations as everything probably falls somewhere in the middle.
I'll have to go to the website and see the post
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What a load of crap. What really bothers me is that someone that has never been, will take what these people say as gospel and really miss out on some great experiences in a wonderful place.
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how did you like the part about the slippery marble floors ??
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I think what pissed me off is that I have been to Mexico 8 times and this bozo has been once and they think they are qualified to tell me where to vacation? And we have actually had a Mexico hospital experience and were very reassured by it should a serious incident occur.

I also am a health care worker and guess what -- hospital care costs a boatload of money and hospitals want to be paid! I would venture to guess Mexican hospitals have head a few USA visitors not pay their bill cause they knew the chances of them getting tracked down were slim and now they have learned, pay before you leave. Why is that such a concept? "They wanted money from us before they would admit us." Well, in the US, they want your insurance card first! And they said "US health insurance is NOT accepted in Mexico" -- our health insurance reimbursed us when we got home. If their insurance didn't, that's a problem with their insurance, not Mexico.

Truly, Mexico is better of without people like that.
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how did you like the part about the slippery marble floors ??
Yes, everyone was breaking their bones. Gee, if a floor is marble and wet, maybe I shouldn't run on it, even if it is raining - DUH!
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where do i look?

just went to the website and did a search and couldn't find anything. what property was it under or what do i type into the search box (I tried "slippery floors"), but couldn't find the post.
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just went to the website and did a search and couldn't find anything. what property was it under or what do i type into the search box (I tried "slippery floors"), but couldn't find the post.
Admin edit: sorry, we don't link to Trip Advisor, thanks

And then this was the PM they sent me:
All family members who became ill were from different parts of the country. Members from IL, CA, MA and OH. We all arrived separately, some on different days. We were there to celebrate my parents 50th wedding anniversary and unfortunately my mother ended up in the hospital with my sister-in-law.

The common food was pasta.

Please be advised of the following for your future travel to Mexico:

1) In case of emergency take a credit card that has plenty of cash or credit available. You will need it! Also call the credit card company in advance and let them know that you'll be traveling to Mexico and give them the travel dates.
2) US health insurance is NOT accepted in Mexico.
3) A round trip taxi ride from the del mar to cancun is $70 - $80 US dollars - cash only which adds up very quickly on a daily basis.
4) Cell phone messages cannot be retrieved in Mexico - that's a real concern under emergency situations

Better yet, let's support the US economy and stay out of Mexico. Our government gives them enough of our hard earned money!! Try somewhere like Destin, Fl.. It's gorgeous there along with many other destinations.
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Well, I used to work with a Mexican national, and we were talking bout places down there and I mentioned one of those taco carts. He could not believe I ate off one. I just told him, "I guess if you keep enough tequila in your system, it doesn't make you sick" Never been sick no matter where, now if I was in a bad car wreck...that is a horse of a different color.
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I work with a woman who travels to the AI's in Cancun quite frequently and seems to always get sick. She recently asked me how come I never get sick when I go to Mexico. I told her that I don't eat the buffets at the AI's.
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I work with a woman who travels to the AI's in Cancun quite frequently and seems to always get sick. She recently asked me how come I never get sick when I go to Mexico. I told her that I don't eat the buffets at the AI's.
Maybe she should be like us....don't do AI's ever! (unless someone else is paying.)
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Maybe she should be like us....don't do AI's ever! (unless someone else is paying.)
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If people contact there insurance companies before going on a trip , especially out of the country . They will find out if they have coverage for out of the country . Mosts plans will pay you back after you get back from your trip . You simply file a claim . Yes , hospitals need to be paid for there services no matter where you are in the world . Some plans don't cover your medical if you are out of the country . You may want to suggest to whom ever , to check in to extra insurance for travel sake .
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