What’s up Tangerineys! Coming at you
live from Morelia, Michoacán. But today we are talking about our time in Playa del
Carmen, Cancun, Cozumel, Tulum, and all the many many many scams we faced while
there. At the time that we flew into Cancun, we had been traveling through
Mexico for almost a year, and been to many cities in Mexico. So we had a pretty
good idea of what things should cost, What to look out for, kind of like some
of the scams that are out there. But even still, we were gotten a few times. And we
don’t want that to happen to other people. We want people who go to these
beautiful beach cities to have an enjoyable time, keep their hard-earned
money, and just make memories in Mexico. And these scams are not going to stop if
we don’t shed light on it, so that’s what we’re here to do. In this video, we’re
going to go over every single scam that we personally experienced, and at the end
of the video, we’re going to share some steps that you can take to personally
avoid the scams if you’re going to these places. In our Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and Cozumel videos, we mentioned some of these scams, and we got quite a few comments saying how cheap we were and didn’t we expect there were gonna be higher prices? Absolutely, in
tourist towns, the prices are going to be much higher than in smaller Mexican
towns like Morelia, for instance, is a place with very affordable prices but
it’s not about that. It’s about being looked at like we’re a walking checkbook,
being constantly scammed, being given gringo prices, and people
hoping that you’ll fall into these tourist traps. And that’s not okay. So if
you’re vacationing in one of these Riviera Maya destinations, in all
likelihood you’re probably going to be flying into the Cancun Airport. When you
come out of the arrivals section there, you are going to be mobbed with people
trying to sell you stuff, especially overpriced taxis from the airport. This
is one scam that we fell for and this is how it all went down. We were on our way
to Tulum from Cancun and we were told that the best way to get there is to
take the ADO bus, or in Spanish, that’s pronounced Ah-Day-Oh. We didn’t know, quite
know the price, but then someone came up to us with a laminated price sheet, it
looked official. She was saying, hey a cab to Tulum is 1,600 pesos. I’m like “Okay, how
much is the ADO bus?” So she pulls up her price sheet and it says four hundred
pesos a person. Well, the real price of an ADO bus to Tulum is 252 pesos a person. So this lady is a scam artist. She has a fake price sheet.
With the prices that she had listed on this sheet, it really made it seem like
it wouldn’t be that much more to pay for this overpriced cab for the convenience
factor of it. But, in reality, the prices were just wrong and we fell for it.
We ended up negotiating a little and got that for 1,400 pesos, but the whole cab
situation did not end there. So we paid our 1,400 pesos to this cab company.
Jordan was repeatedly asking for receipt but it somehow conveniently slipped
through the cracks and we never got one. Once we got in the inside of the cab,
however, we all noticed that the door handles were broken. We couldn’t get out.
All three of them. All three of our passengers. Everything. It was very very unsettling! And shortly after that, the cab driver asked where our receipt was. Well, we
didn’t have one. He freaked out, bolted from the car, and ran back to get our
receipt. We started feeling like “There’s something weird going on.” I don’t know if
they were trying to scam him, if this was a scam for us? Like they were trying to
make us pay fourteen hundred pesos again? We don’t really know. And there was
another thing that was pretty weird about this situation. When we were
getting into this taxi, there were like three or four people ushering us in and
saying “Just remember, a tip isn’t included, tip isn’t included in the
price.” Which we thought was strange at the time, especially considering we’ve
been told time and time again by Mexicans that it’s not customary or
expected to give a tip for a cab driver. And then the cab driver went on to say
yeah one to two hundred dollar, US dollar, tip is about right. And we thought he
was joking. But then he said it later on in the ride and were like “This guy is
serious? He thinks 200 US?” Anyway, makes me mad to this day. But then, we arrived in
Tulum. Based on the way the rest of the situation went, we decided “Let’s just
give him a 10% tip because we don’t want any problems.” So after we gave him more
than 10% tip, we gave him 150 pesos on a 1,400 peso cab ride, he freaked out. Maddie: Thanks a lot. Taxi driver: It’s lacking (the tip) Jordan: No, it’s more than 10% Taxi driver: No, it’s 20% Jordan: No Taxi driver: Yes, give me 100 more. Taxi driver: Because it’s so far. No, no, no. I already paid 1,400 pesos. Give me 50 pesos more. No, no friend. Super rude, this guy was a huge
jerk! So if you’re flying into Cancun, What’s your best option? Well, if you’re
staying in Cancun, arrange for your hotel to pick you up at the airport
before you get there. Someone will be there holding a sign waiting for you, and
then you’ll avoid all of this, altogether. But, if you’re going to Playa, Tulum,
Mérida, or any other city in that general vicinity, your best option is going to be
to take the ADO bus. If for some reason you can’t or don’t want to take our
advice about not taking a cab from the airport. Make sure to get your receipt,
make sure to negotiate the price so you get the lowest price you possibly can. Since
they’re gouging you in the first place. And don’t let them take advantage of you,
don’t let them push you around, and make you think that you have to give them a
tip. You do not. We have tons more coming up for you guys, so stick around. Diving
right into it now! So in this trip, we did not experience any tourist traps or
scams in Tulum. That might be because we weren’t staying on the beach and we were
staying in town. All of the scams started when we got to Playa del Carmen and then
Cozumel. The things that we’re gonna talk about coming up, we probably wouldn’t even need to mention them if they were isolated incidents. But because they happened over and over and over again, with different restaurants, in different
parts of Playa del Carmen, and in Cozumel, It’s not an accident, it’s a systemic
problem! So one of the first things we dealt with was ordering food at a
restaurant. It included guacamole but I’m allergic
to onions, so I ordered plain avocado instead of the guacamole. Well, they
charged us for extra avocado even though it was a substitution. They tried to say
that they gave us extra and that wasn’t the case. It took a while of arguing with
them before they actually took it off of the bill, which is kind of ridiculous.
If you ever make a substitution in Mexico, it’s never at an extra charge! (Unless it’s specified on the menu or they let you know.) So when we first got to Playa del Carmen we realized that these prices are quite
a bit higher than what we’re used to paying. So we were, naturally, looking
for drink specials. We wanted a margarita. So we’re walking down Fifth Avenue and
there’s quite a few places that advertise 2 for 1 drinks. We went to a few of these places during our trip, and every time,
without fail, the drinks had almost no alcohol, if any whatsoever. oh and then
the crazy part is they said that they included two ounces in each of these drinks. Oh yeah, and I know that I feel something if I have two ounces. And I had two, two ounce
drinks, or supposedly. And I felt nothing. Nothing at all. Yes this is borderline
tourist trap / scam. Don’t fall for those two-for-one
promotions. Okay, so we need to clarify a little bit on this one, because in Mexico,
a lot of people feel like they have to order bottles of water or else they’re
gonna be served tap water. No restaurant is going to serve their
customers tap water unless they want to make them all sick, so you don’t
need to worry about that. What you should order, if you do not want a bottle of
water, is agua de garrafón, which is out of the big jugs of water. We did a
whole video on this, we’ll link it above. Well, in this case, we went to a
restaurant we ordered vasos de agua De garrafón. And he brought out bottles
of water, which they sometimes do thinking that tourists just want a
bottle of water to be safe. That’s understandable, we said no thank you, we
would like the vasos de agua de garrafón, and he swapped them out for glasses of water. Well, the problem came when we got the bill and we were charged
40 pesos each for four glasses of water. They made up some lame excuse. She’s like “how many waters?” She’s like 4. Which type of water? Because we have like a big canister. Garrafón. Yeah, garrafón. And he pointed that way. That’s why she charged because he made a mistake. He’s fairly new. He put all of these waters. For glasses of water, you don’t put 1,2,3,4 glasses of water.. But there was only one server servicing
our table, it was all written by hand, it was not an accident. If you order water,
it’s free. You should not be charged. Don’t fall for it. Unless you’re ordering
bottles of water, which is a different story. And if you are charged for a glass
of water, contest it. Contest the bill. The next item on the list is a tourist trap / scam, but this is
also illegal in Mexico. Restaurants are not allowed to do this, it’s against law. And that is adding a tip to the bill. Something that some restaurants in Playa del Carmen
will do is, they’ll have a line, it looks like it’s just tax. But it will say
propina or servicio. For us, they added a ten percent thing, and it said
“servicio.” There was no indication that this was a tip or that it was optional.
We paid cash and then they brought us change minus the tip that they had already
included, which is also illegal. If this ever happens to you, if there’s ever a
line that says servicio or propina, don’t leave more than that. And you’re
not even required to leave that. Yeah, you’re not required to leave that. Don’t
leave more than that. In this case, it was ten percent. We probably would have
tipped more than ten percent if they didn’t do this. But nope, that’s all
they’re getting from us. And just like the situation with the taxis, we’ve also
been told time and time again by Mexicans that tip, it’s a much different
tipping culture than in the US. In the US, pretty much even if you get
terrible service, you shouldn’t leave less than like ten or fifteen percent.
Here in Mexico, that’s not the case. We’ve been told so many times that if it’s bad
service, or if something went wrong, or something like that, you are not
obligated to leave a tip. You can leave nothing and that’s okay because that’s
the point of tipping. You’re tipping the person for their service, their good
service. And ten percent is standard in Mexico. 10% is standard in Mexico. Don’t
let anyone in playa or anywhere else that it’s 20 percent or 25 or 15. 10% is
standard all throughout Mexico. If there is one exception, we’ve been told that at
especially nice, classy, fancy restaurants, sometimes it’s expected to leave a
little bit more. This next thing, we realize that this is something that
could be an accident. I used to be a server and a bartender so I understand
sometimes things accidentally get added to the bill. Multiple servers are helping
the same table, accidents happen. But because this happened at so many
restaurants, we know it’s not an accident. This is something that they just hope
they’ll get away with so that you’ll have to pay more and then tip more. But
in the few circumstances, one in particular, there was nobody else in this
restaurant. No one. No accidents could have happened here. But there were like a
dozen servers just standing around and doing weird things in the restaurant. It
took them a really really long time to bring out the check after they were all
huddled around it doing who-knows-what? And then a Tecate ended up on the bill. And it’s not that much, so your average tourist might be like “Oh Tecate,
that must be a spice or like extra ice” Or heck, who even knows. But it’s kind
of ridiculous that this happens. Always be sure to look at your check. Make sure
you know exactly what’s on there so you don’t run into problems where you’re
paying more for stuff that you didn’t receive. And if something does come on
there, once again, contest it. Contest, contest, contest! [Laughter] Alrighty, we’re not quite done yet, but if you’re enjoying the information in this video, please give it a thumbs up and if you
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you get notified the next time we put out a new video and now back to the list! Another trick that we experienced quite often during this trip was ordering
something on the menu and then seeing a different price show up on the check. And
now, a lot of places will say “Oh, well that’s an old menu, those are old prices.” Well, I’m sorry, but that’s illegal in Mexico. They’re not allowed to do that.
They have to list the actual price that they are going to charge you, taxes
included. That’s something to watch out for. Something that we would do to
avoid getting scammed in this way, is either take a picture of the menu,
memorize the price that we were supposed to be charged, or ask them to leave a menu, so that when we got the check, we could double-check and look what it said on
the menu and what was listed on the check. One more thing was, we went to this
restaurant, once again advertising two-for-one margaritas. Two-for-one House
margaritas. Well, we took a look at their menu, and we couldn’t find the house
margarita on the menu. Only their specialty margaritas. And those were
listed as a 125 pesos. Well, we ordered the two-for-one house margaritas, which are obviously going to
be cheaper than the specialty margaritas, Right? The bill came, and it was a hundred
and fifty pesos for watered-down, terrible flavor, no tequila, house
margaritas. Yes, so once again they get you in with a two-for-one special and
then they screw you over. Avoid every place advertising these two-for-ones. I would like to mention that there are some places that advertise
drink specials which didn’t end up to be terrible. Like we went to Lido Beach Club
and they had a sixty? Was it sixty pesos? Yeah. Drink of the day. And those were always
great drinks with the appropriate amount of alcohol. Nothing, no scams there. So I
think it might just be these two-for-one deals that you have to look out for. But
drink specials on like one drink, that might be okay, or maybe Lido Beach Club,
you guys rock! And you’re the only ones who don’t scam people. And there were a few gems we found during our trip. And we’re going to list all
those down in the description below. Alright, so how can you avoid getting
scammed, falling into tourist traps, or getting taken advantage of? Well,
starting at the airport, just say “No gracias” to anyone who wants to sell you
something. And please make one of those to the taxi drivers that are trying to gouge you. You might think “Oh, well I’ll just use Uber.” Well, at the time we were
there, in the entire state of Quintana Roo, there is no Uber operating whatsoever. If you open an app, they say we’re out
of service. Next thing is – pay attention to the
prices on the menu and don’t let them tell you that you have to pay a
different price. It is illegal. Just say no. Just say no. [Laughter] Contest the bill and stand your
ground. Don’t let them push you around. And what do you do if you feel like you’ve tried sticking up for yourself, you feel like you’re
getting screwed, maybe they’re overcharging you for something, or
something just isn’t adding up. Something that Mexicans have told us to do, again
time and time again, is threaten PROFECO. This is a user, or consumer rights
agency that businesses are pretty terrified of, especially if they’re doing
something wrong! They can get huge fines And even be shut down, and it happens all
the time! So if you feel like you’re being pushed around, as a last resort you
can tell them that you’re going to contact PROFECO, and you will see
their attitude completely change! We have never personally contacted PROFECO for
any issues that we’ve had. Even in times where we’ve gotten severely screwed over,
or something bad has happened. However, thank you to our Tangerineys, our
subscribers, who have taken the initiative to do that for us. Because, as
foreigners, sometimes we feel like we don’t have rights or it’s hard for us to
stick up for ourselves, especially with the language barrier. So that means a lot
to us. It’s a group effort to stop these things from happening. So on that note, if
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Because we want this information to be out there so that other people don’t get
taken advantage of in the ways that we have. And so this behavior stops. This is
not the behavior of Mexicans in general. This is not a representation of Mexico
and that’s partially what infuriates us the most. Please give this video a thumbs
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  1. I really appreciate the transparency of your reporting it is honest and sincere Frank there's good people most people in Mexico are great and there is a couple of bad apples and you right you have to call them out you have to call them out that's the only thing that changes people there want you to call them out because the more you call those cans out the more towards there will be and you guys are not cheap whoever calls you cheap is probably cheap

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  3. i went to Mexico a few times and the police brandish m16s and 50 cals
    and would not ALLOW ME TO BRING MY WEAPONS so never went back to
    Mexico .at least i can defend my family and myself in the usa. i like
    Mexico but evidently the Mexican gov. like the Chinese gov. is anti gun so felt very unsafe
    to visit there and never went back the mexicaN AND CHInese people are wonderful people but there governments suck

  4. i went to Mexico a few times and the police brandish m16s and 50 cals
    and would not ALLOW ME TO BRING MY WEAPONS so never went back to
    Mexico .at least i can defend my family and myself in the usa. i like
    Mexico but evidently the Mexican gov. like the Chinese gov. is anti gun so felt very unsafe
    to visit there and never went back the mexicaN AND CHInese people are wonderful people but there governments suck

  5. i went to Mexico a few times and the police brandish m16s and 50 cals
    and would not ALLOW ME TO BRING MY WEAPONS so never went back to
    Mexico .at least i can defend my family and myself in the usa. i like
    Mexico but evidently the Mexican gov. like the Chinese gov. is anti gun so felt very unsafe
    to visit there and never went back the mexicaN AND CHInese people are wonderful people but there governments suck

  6. This is exactly why I booked with a tour operator and did nothing outside of their organisation! Sure, you pay pretty handsome prices but I at least knew exactly what I was paying. I really don't have the patience to be fighting off this kind of crap all the time.

  7. Dirty Mexican practices!! Cancun and Riviera maya are known for it. I had a big issue with customs at the Cancun airport. One of the officers wanted to take a cologne purchased at duty free. I argued with him and finally he let me go. And then he had the balls to say to me, if you don't like the way we do business here. Don't come to Mexico. Never again would I ever step foot in Cancun. Fucking criminals!!

  8. People are acting like Mexico is the only place that scams you… they scam people everywhere around the world where a bunch of tourist go . Paris , Rome , Amsterdam , Greece I can go on and on

  9. It's the same problem all over Mexico and don't forget about the police when you get stop , thank you very much for your time and advise.

  10. I completely agree with everything that was said except the ten percent tip. If the service was good and you feel was fair, tipping an extra five or ten percent isn’t going to affect our pocket. They make their living out of tips as well.

  11. You might be better off buying your own Tequila, Triple sec and lime juice mix and make your own drinks at your hotel room! Probably cheaper and safer!

  12. In places like the ones you talk about in this video, avoid the 2×1 margaritas or whichever alcoholic drinks out of a bottle completely, unless you really trust the establishment. Many times the alcohol is adulterated.

  13. Yes that’s always happening freaken scammers thieves people like these give México a bad reputation… great video guys thanks for alerting us on these crooks 👍👍👍

  14. This is my experience as a hairdressers in The U S on Mexicans customer On service Pricing and tipping over the years
    I had this repeating experience with The first and second Generation Mexican born in The US still do not like tips plus as well as Bagan you down to almost nothing For service that I received from Neiman Marcus Department spa But one funny thing is not that it only hit you once , they can come back for years after years but will do the same thing to you , Regardless of the differences of financial status , education or where they come from Are the kind of family that they come from! So here’s my point they would adopt American culture on tipping in Mexico but even the second generations born in the US But Embracing non-tipping cultures of Mexicans Lol 😂

  15. I’m Mexican American, and when I travel to Cancun and even Puerto Vallarta its so annoying it’s like they want to suck all of the money out of you.

  16. In Puerto Vallarta, I went to a “Cocina Tradicional” the bill came out to $100 USD and I left a $10 USD tip. The waiter was so rude!! He looked at the tip so confused and asked if we didn’t enjoy his service, he told my boyfriend & I that $10 is too little of a tip. I got upset and left. It’s such a shame, they really try to take every dollar they can out of you. Both of my parents are Mexican, and I was born in the US, and I travel a lot I was shocked at how rude they are…

  17. Thank you for posting this. We changed our minds about going to Mexico alltogether. Getting scammed can easily ruin a vacation.

  18. Airport Puerto Vallarta. After Customs clearance right before you leave, DO NOT TALK TO ANYONE UNTIL YOU ARE OUTSIDE THE AIRPORT TERMINAL DOORS! The outside ones outside of the terminal! They will say "I have your cab", or "I'll give you a free meal" (or blankets, or tequila, or free passes). I told my wife not to talk to anyone, but she did, and I had to physically take her hand and pull her away. When on the streets, don't take free maps! Don't book a tour on the streets! I bought a tour for $20, only to find out that I could walk there and buy the ticket myself for $3.

  19. Very very helpful video 🙂 The states that if we pre book the taxi online, its cheap and safe. Any idea if its authentic?

  20. I will give you my best tip going to Playa and Cancun. Rent AIRBNB and buy your own food and drinks and prepare all at home, since many houses for rent count with fridge, microwave oven and stove. Thats my way when traveling in my country and abroad

  21. You have to get the ticket from the company. When I arrived in Cancun I purchased a ticket from Ado inside the airport. Too many scammers

  22. I’ve been all around Central & South America. Mexico is the last place I’d revisit. Why would one go somewhere, especially on vacation, to only have to be on guard all the time.

  23. We vacationed in Cancun this past summer. We rented a car and had almost no problem during our 8 day stay. However, on the way to the airport on our last day I was stopped by a police officer on a motorcycle. He told me I was speeding, (I wasn’t) and said I would need to follow him to the police station to pay a fine. I told him I was not going to follow him to the police station because we had a plane to catch and needed to return the car beforehand . He then told me I could pay the fine right there and said it would be 2200 pesos. I told him we did not have that much (we had 1300 pesos). He asked for American dollars then Euros. We had neither. He said “how much do you have?” . My wife told him 1300 pesos and he said “I’ll take that”. Ha stuffed our money in his pocket and drove away on his motorcycle. We were powerless. Ten minutes later we were at a gas station to top off the tank before returning the car. The attendant told us they did not take credit cards only cash. First he asked for American dollars, we had none. Then pesos, we told him a police officer had just robbed us. He thought that was funny. Then he asked for Euros, we told him no again. Then he said “ok we take credit cards”. After filling up our tank he overcharged our credit card by 500 pesos. My wife threw a fit and demanded our money back. He eventually gave her 500 pesos in cash and we left. So, in a matter of about 15 minutes we were rolled by a cop and almost scammed by a gas station attendant. We will not be returning to Mexico.

  24. This is horrible, unfortunately, this happens alot to many overseas places that gets bombarded with tourism. I also read there is no tipping in Mx, but after going to Vallarta and seeing how tourtists are tipping crazily, that's why the service employees are expecting more and more. I was at Yelapa and after getting off the boat and sitting in the sweltering heat I asked if they could put my water in the frig and they expected a tip for that! Some tourists are tipping 600 pesos for free walkign tours…now you wonder why this scamming occurs. I also fell to a scam at an OXXO….bill switch….i also got scammed in a " tax added" 15% on my bill once….

  25. Yes Cancun airport is a scam! Do not go with the people that are asking you if you need a taxi. They will walk you over to a standing desk where there are salespeople trying to have you buy packages to visit different areas of Cancun and surrounding areas. This is a scam for them to take your money in return for your time to do a timeshare presentation. Just say NO!

  26. Before going to Mexico, get you full name tattooed on the back of your neck.. twice, once about the collar line and once below the collar line, so when you get your head cut off, it will be easier to match up your body and head, once shipped back to the USA…

  27. As long as you are white, you're going to be a TARGET for crooks and scammers while you are in any foreign nation. They see you as 'scammers' yourself, you come down there look for 'cheap' easy life, living among the peasants… They see your presence among them is despicable… Think about it.

  28. The biggest scam is the airport taxis and "Ubers"… Just look for the ADO and get outta there ASAP

    Even the airport management is sued for Monopoly practice on the taxi mafia there… As a Mexican is a shame

  29. Informational video and really good for new American travelers. In your taxi situation I would’ve only paid what I saw on the sheet and got a record of it unless it’s the taxi driver. At the end when he asked for 20% I would’ve laughed in his face took my bags and left. 10% was extremely generous.

    You can avoid all of this and rent a car for $10/day U.S. with insurance.

    Americans have to remember that we are the only country that tip for the most part. Every time I travel I NEVER tip. Once you tip they could take advantage.

    Thailand, Brazil and Egypt hustlers are much worse than Cancun/playa del Carmen.

  30. i got scammed in cozumel. A "vacation package" damn, the sales people were very good. If the plan they try to sell you is super complicated then just say no.

  31. I hate Mexico, never going back, it's just a place of cons and thieves, they want you money, and the police is bad also. Go to Bermuda, Scottland, Alaska.

  32. I absolutely LLLLLove you guys and watch whenever I can. Thanks for the info you share and enjoy each and every moment of your life.

  33. Screw Mexico. I used to go there, then I went to Costa Rica. It's safer, no one hassles you or tries to rip you off and it's way prettier

  34. The best way, at least for me is to get a rental car, just blow through all the people and hop on the rental car shuttle and have your own car the entire trip.

  35. yes, sadly its like that in most of the places. The human always looks for opportunities to scam. Not everyone tho, but people with less education AND living in a place where wealthy people might go on holidays are more likely to do this stuff, and in mexico there is a SHIT TON of people without education or with a really really bad one.
    Also, btw, i cant understand no matter how hard i try, why is that habit that US has, of having mandatory tips…i mean, the tip is for the SERVICE you recieve. Why would you pay extra to someone that is not doing his or her job in the best way?

  36. Mexico is getting more and more dangerous to go visit thanks to the government-supported cartels. There are many other beautiful places to go to instead!!

  37. Before we left, we booked with the Canada Transfers. Shuttle met us at the airport, cold water and towel, direct to hotel, then back when we left. Reasonable cost, less than a taxi.

  38. 20 years ago I used to live in Cancun for almost 1 year and had most of the time fights with the Taxistas about the Price but some of them where very nice….many Mexicans cheat and I do not want to protect them either but… but then I saw the other side, from the point of view of the Mexicans and i do understand somehow why they take advantage of the tourists.
    I guess most of the Hotels in "Zona Hotelera" belongs to foreign investors – most of them from the US and the local people worked there for the "foreigners", for very little money! Back then, the Mexicans had no papers, or even a passport or the money to travel around like "we" do!
    I saw the tourists behaving, drunk and I'm not even talking about the springbreakers. So 20 years later… sounds like it's gotten a lot worse!

    And taxis cheat around the world – even in Switzerland!!!!

  39. I remember staying at the Grand Oasis a couple of years ago. One night my cousin and I decided to leave the resort and go far down the street to the nightclubs. At the end of the night we got a taxi driven by this little ugly lesbian bitch who’s trying real hard to look like a man and she gives us a price to take us back to the hotel. We agree and she takes a strange route and then says “where did you say you’re staying?” We repeat and she says oh and says it will be triple the amount she originally told us it would be. I told her she heard very well and even repeated the name of the resort. She then says “ I don’t care, I’ll leave you right here.” So I said “Fine, you win just get us there”. When we got there I only gave her what we originally agreed to and told her to go fuck her little bitch ass and I told her if she gets near me I will beat the fuck out of her. She tried following me but the hotel security came out and asked us what the problem was. I told him what was going on and I don’t know what happened after that because I just walked into the hotel. Pieces of fucking shit out there

  40. Rent a car. So inexpensive and avoid hassles. Rent a hotel all included. Buy at big stores. The hotel's bar tenders are over generous serving alcohol.

  41. In all fairness, it is reasonable for a restaurant to charge extra if you ordered unaltered fresh avocado. Guac isn't pure avocado, it can be fleshed out with squash, tomato, water etc. Also, you gave the impression that in the US, you must leave a minimum 10% percent tip even for subpar service but that it is ok to not leave anything in Mexico. Why? Because People told you so? So you agree to value Mexican service or people less then…..think about it, please.

  42. I Really Enjoy Your Fun and informative Videos.You Both are very Helpful. God Bless You Both Sincerely Thomas Raymond Fresno California.

  43. As a first generation Mexican American, this is embarrassing to say the least, I truly apologize for your negative experiences, cab drivers down there are thugs and I’ve been standing in front of a souvenir vendor and while they gave me one price, they gave a white tourist an overcharged price, I was quick to let the American tourist know and I scolded the vendor loudly for all to hear.

  44. Thanks for all the good info. I got scammed at the Cancun Airport. Took a taxi from one terminal to another and it cost me $20 U.S which is outrageous. Actually I got gouged not scammed because I was told how much it would cost and it cost that. But I was lied to by an airport employee who's in cahoots with the taxistas. He told me that the bus going between terminals would arrive too late for me to make my connection so I paid that exorbitant amount so I wouldn't have to stay the night in Cancun which "enjoys" a very bad reputation anyway.

  45. I was walking by the Las defensores statue in mexico city when i was approached by two college aged students. they tried to convince me that they need fundraising for their class and if i could buy a lollipop off of them for 160 pesos (about $8 USD) couldnt fool me, i said thats too much money for a lollipop.

  46. When people from USA come to Mexico they expect to find nachos, fajitas, margaritas and guacamole everywhere. We don't drink margaritas as a national drink, we don't eat nachos or fajitas that's tex mex food, and guacamole is not all over the place. This are ideas that you have from our culture… Mistaken ideas. It's good that you are traveling and learning more about our country to find out all the misconceptions USA has build around other cultures.

  47. Now I feel COMPLETELY disheartened. :(( We are looking to immigrate to the safest place in Mexico. To a cheaper country to be able to survive in. But WHY the constant scamming of the so-called 'Gringos'? There are Latino prices and foreigner prices? Seriously? I saw this a little earlier, by two other accounts given by foreigners here on YouTube (their own experiences). It is like it's automatically assumed that all the Gringos are supposedly rich. We most certainly, aren't. In fact. We are POOR at this point, and have been for way too long. We are currently trying to change this horrible way of life. But. Now where to immigrate to? Pray about it. That's it. I mean. We have lived in Asia for 18 years now. And to AGAIN have a, 'them vs us' (and we had accepted this), but in Latin America, with the additional two TOTALLY different prices asked for Latinos and Gringos, is just one too much for me.

  48. Ps en realidad en esta área el promedio de propina es de 15% incluso los que vivimos acá damos ese porcentaje normalmente si nos dan servicio bien…

  49. 10% is standard since the 80's, so a 15% tip is much better now this days for people who has NO SALARY AT All or the minimum salary which is a rude injustice in Mexico. Waiters have to split that 10% between at least 4 more persons… So..
    And not because some persons did wrong at some places does not mean that everywhere is the same, sometimes the employees are like that and the restaurant does not know, you have to talk to the manager and report through social media for the owners to realize what is happening in their places.

  50. I was in India in May. Almost everyone over there asked me for a tip. But they never ask Indian people for a tip only tourist. I only gave a tip to the honest people that didn't ask for it.

  51. You are absolutely correct…We are always warned by the hotels and by the travel agents to beware of the taxi drivers in Cancun Airport. Hotels in Playa del Carmen and the rest of the Mayan Riviera do offer transportation to/from Cancun airport and in some cases included with your hotel rates.

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