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Not interested in tackling the corruption problems but no issue with contributing to them?
And only 500 pesos?
Apparently he has no respect for the laws of another country and no hesitation in breaking them. Those types make the best kinds of tourists, don't you think?
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As was mine.
You were not a clueless tourist.
You know the drill.
Ask for a ticket. 99% chance you won't get one and off you go.
You don't think it is incredibly sad that you have to say that?

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You don't think it is incredibly sad that you have to say that?
What??
I haven't a clue what that means.

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What??
I haven't a clue what that means.
You don't think it is sad that you have to tell tourists about a drill to deal with corruption while in Mexico? I don't know what to say then.
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What??
I haven't a clue what that means.
I think he means that it is sad that there is a drill. One where a guest in a foreign country willingly enters into an illegal transaction with a law enforement officer in order to save time and/or money. I wonder how an American would feel if a foreigner entered into the same type of arrangement with, say, a Congressman. Would we use the same adjective? Would we call it "sad?" I kind of doubt it.
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We drove to Cancun and back, about 300 kilometers each way, during the past week. As with our other trips, no problems. One time we were stopped leaving Playa on the cuota and had to show my driver's license, the Mex equiv of our registration and our residency cards.

I may be wrong, but I have a sense that folks in rental cars or US plated cars get stopped more often. Our car is Mexican and plated in Yucatan state.
Hey Roni, not too sure about this. I put over 11,000 km on the rental car last year by day and night, lots of times alone, thru road checks too and never had any problems with the policia or the soldado's. I think it must be a random "target of opportunity" thing where if you are perceived as vulnerable they try to take advantage of you. Course... maybe I look mean or sumpthing.
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I think he means that it is sad that there is a drill.
That part you got right.
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Hey Roni, not too sure about this. I put over 11,000 km on the rental car last year by day and night, lots of times alone, thru road checks too and never had any problems with the policia or the soldado's. I think it must be a random "target of opportunity" thing where if you are perceived as vulnerable they try to take advantage of you. Course... maybe I look mean or sumpthing.
To be honest, this whole "shakedown" thing is, for the most part, past tense. In the eighteen years I have lived in Mexico, I have seen the level of corruption at the police level decrease dramatically. Part of this is because the newer generation of Mexicans just don't put up with it and the second, and maybe more effective, is the existence of the smart phone.
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That part you got right.
The part about you willingly breaking the law is right, too. You may not want to own it, but that is fact. By your own admission.
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The part about you willingly breaking the law is right, too. You may not want to own it, but that is fact. By your own admission.
You act as if that bothers me. If it did I would not have posted it. Getting out of there for $30 to continue my day trip to the mountains was well worth it. I have no desire in dealing with the crooked cop drill in another country, especially for a measly few bucks. You live there, so you can deal with the drill if you need to.
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You act as if that bothers me. If it did I would not have posted it. Getting out of there for $30 to continue my day trip to the mountains was well worth it. I have no desire in dealing with the crooked cop drill in another country, especially for a measly few bucks. You live there, so you can deal with the drill if you need to.
But your willingness to pay a bribe instead of "dealing with corruption" (while in that act you ARE doing just that) is why the cops keep doing it.
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But your willingness to pay a bribe instead of "dealing with corruption" (while in that act you ARE doing just that) is why the cops keep doing it.
I made the best choice for us. I also likely saved someone else from the common Mexican Shakedown.

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I made the best choice for us. I also likely saved someone else from the common Mexican Shakedown.


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I may be wrong, but I have a sense that folks in rental cars or US plated cars get stopped more often. Our car is Mexican and plated in Yucatan state.
Simple solution for rentals. Don't have signs on the car telling everyone it is a rental. It's been that way here for a long time.
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I think he means that it is sad that there is a drill. One where a guest in a foreign country willingly enters into an illegal transaction with a law enforement officer in order to save time and/or money. I wonder how an American would feel if a foreigner entered into the same type of arrangement with, say, a Congressman. Would we use the same adjective? Would we call it "sad?" I kind of doubt it.
That's a stretch. I did not approach the Policia nor was I looking to purposefully break the law, profit or offer a bribe. Trust me there was nothing willing about the transaction. In fact, it was clearly one sided from my perspective.

If it happens again I will simply stay calm and respectful and ask for the ticket. That is the best advice in this thread.
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