You could consider what I'm going to write as a rant. So be it. I've thought this for a long time
and today after a few incidents, I've got to comment.
Adopting an "attitude" of superiority, because you're a gringo in Mexico therefore you're entitled, is the wrong thing to do.
If you want to see how long it will take, waaaaaaaaay beyond manana, to get whatever issue it is that you're adopting that attitude about takes, just try it.
Sometimes I can hardly contain myself when I see, usually a gringo woman, be rude or disrespectful to a waitress, clerk or anyone else. I know that they will stand there a long time..........a very long time. You see there is more then one way to handle rudeness. The Mexicans I know in Mexico are way more mannered then to yell back at someone or be snippy. They simply do nothing.
I've seen it time and time again. Even Federales at the border!
Last week several things happened that caused me to cringe. I was on my way to Mega and had just begun to drive into the parking lot when I heard someone BLASTING their horn. It kept blasting and blasting. Everyone was looking to see what was happening. There was a car in front of the blaster who was going slower then the blaster wanted them to go. SHE, the blaster, swirled into the parking lot, screeched into a parking space and then leisurely got out and walked into Mega. I was horrified to see her car plates were from Texas.
Then I decided she had to be a tourist because you hardly ever hear a car honking in San Miguel.
It took every inch of my reserve to hold myself back from going up to her, tapping her on the shoulder and in a very nice voice tell her we don't blast our horns in San Miguel at slow moving Mexican cars.
The next incident was a group complaining about how Mexicans treat their dogs. The conversation was about what they do and don't do that is wrong. I again, believe it or not, kept my mouth shut.
On the Yahoo Civil List, commonly referred to as the Snivel List, complaints, complaints, complaints are written. If it is something like a bad odor in town, people want to march to the Mayor's office and demand he do something before tourism and their property values are affected. I wonder if they would do that back in the USA? I think not. They would go to the appropriate agency.
Many Mexican friends, in a very polite way, have expressed their feelings about the Snivel List. I cringe to know that they read that gibberish. I tell them the majority do not support those comments.
Last, but not least, often the discussions are all about what is wrong with maids and gardeners. The fact that when they stop using someone they have to pay severance and how can they get around doing that. In those instances I get up and leave. It's better then thrashing someone for their insensitivity to the people that work for them.
I write this because I've been told I always write nice things and never say anything bad. As I enter my "wise years" (I like that term), I try to keep the negatives to myself. However, one can only be silent for just so long.
Today I am not.