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  1. 13 points
    Not wanting to hijack the Small Claims thread, starting this new one. The above is a quote from Ajijic_hiker. I would say that comment might be a bit of an overstatement. The percentage of people who use this board, compared to the number of expats who live here, is miniscule. And of course Mexicans and tourists make up a huge part of the restaurant-going public, and they don't read this board. Sure, a new restaurant may get a nice bump for a week or so from the maybe dozen people on this board who will try it. But to say they have an influence on how well or how poorly a place does... no. A restaurant here survives or dies based on its own merits. The fact that we have so many die has nothing to do with a bad review from one of us. In fact, I know even a cursory overview of past reviews will reveal very, very few negative posts. It usually only happens when something really bad has caused a nasty visit. I personally dislike jumping down the throat of a place I didn't like; rather, you'll see my posts are generally only positive ones. (That doesn't mean I avoid anything negative within those comments.) And most members here are the same. But again, the very small group of people who like to eat out and report their findings here, is far too puny to make any kind of an impact, except for that initial round. Now, it may be misleading for the restaurant owner, who is surprised by having a bunch of guests during the opening week or so, only to discover that the "crowd" has dwindled out the next week. But that should only cause an owner to redouble efforts. Which they often don't, especially when they don't even bother maintaining a firm grip on day-to-day operations. So many of them are off-site, and that just doesn't work. Look at the popular restaurants: the owners are always there.
  2. 11 points
    Perhaps after you have been in Mexico a bit longer, if you make it, you will realize how foolish saying something like that makes you look to everyone within earshot. Think of it as "Losing Face" and that's what it amounts to in the Mexican culture. Same as raising your voice in Telmex or CFE. Pay attention to how the locals handle things and you won't stick out like the sore thumb or Ugly American (Canadians are just as guilty). Best of luck in your new life.
  3. 10 points
    What an absolute load of unmitigated hogwash. CHECK YOUR FACTS. Allyn and Beverly Hunt bought that paper decades ago, both Americans. Sean is as reported, American, Michael British, both have Mexican status. Their interest is in serving the expat populace. Dale is a reporter and does not run the paper or decide what goes in it. If I want a biased viewpoint of the U.S. I'll read your stuff. Your denigration of the viewpoint of the entire country of Canada is shameful to me, and smacks of xenophobia.
  4. 9 points
    I was fine with the bra thing and protesting, bashing Walmart, but then it turned to the logic for the same, was that Mexico is just brim full of lawbreakers of every stripe and this was the logic for objecting to not being able to try on a bra, whether it be store policy or law. Personally, I don´t care about the OP topic but I do care when I think someone is bashing the country and the people I am a part of. You don´t go to someone´s house and start running down their family.
  5. 9 points
    “There ain't no answer. There ain't gonna be any answer. There never has been an answer. There's your answer.” ― Gertrude Stein
  6. 9 points
    To my knowledge we have neither a "Brickette" nor a Pedro here and if I get the idea the latter Pedro of infamy is here under a new handle his stay will be short. Not only has this thread totally diverged from the OP's request, it has degenerated into a personal pissing match. Closed.
  7. 8 points
    Jim Bowie I am not a US citizen and come from a socialist country and unlike many people in the US , I am not afraid or against socialism..
  8. 8 points
    Mainecoons…..it is is raining at my house and I´m feeling really silly. In deference to your suggestion, I did go out and look to see which direction it was coming from and it appears to be coming from "UP".
  9. 8 points
    The tiny minority of people on this board and other local boards do not have enough power to affect anything.You are grossly mistaken with your mere speculation and not fact based by any means.
  10. 8 points
    Protections here in Mexico are nowhere near the US. Here people that were selling potato chips the other week are now selling investments and banking products with no licensing required. They are berated and their jobs in danger if they don´t sell the products and if they do then earn good commissions while only reciting the official blurb and having little to no investment experience. Fraud and theft is very common and the banks will not give you records or video unless forced to and often take unreasonable positions. Only place in a Mexican institution what you can afford to lose as if you need to go after them it can be a very long and expensive process. Trust nobody with your money. In the US people can lose jobs and go to jail, or lose professional licenses so they have incentives to be honest. Be concerned about the return OF your money no the return ON it.
  11. 7 points
    It’s difficult to opine without knowing specifics. You could very well be the one who is out of line. We’ll never know.
  12. 7 points
    Versatile thread. What started out as a "Perfectly good reason to bash Walmart, they suck" thread began morphing into a "Wow, there are quite a few foreigners living here who are ignorant about Mexicans, possibly predjudiced, and even rascist". Then it starts drifting back to "Why Walmart is uniquely terrible". All in under 10 posts! Impressive! 😄
  13. 7 points
    We are such a miserable country of miscreants, aren´t we. A lot of us (Mexicans) stand in line for hours at 5 different locations in Guadalajara to get or keep our driver´s license or stand in line to pay the predial every year. I don´t know hardly anyone who isn´t Mexican and I don´t have many friends or relatives that fit your descriptive mode. Many Mexican property owners don´t know what predial is???...…..hard to believe!!!! "they run them while the gringos stop"...…...Boy!!!....what did we do to deserve this angelic wave of immigration?
  14. 7 points
    Politics and personal attacks are allowed if they are the right kind.
  15. 7 points
    1500 pesos.....if this is the ceiling fan issue from another thread he posted, he's gone around and around on this board on it, been given good advice to get another one and move on. Guess everyone needs a hobby.....
  16. 7 points
    Thinking back, I was sent to PROFECO one time by the M.P. and it was a 100% waste of time. A lot of some of the not the nicest people know that most gringos will just eat the loss rather than take a minimum of two trips to PROFECO. And as said abive,If you left one T not crossed, they will tel you to fix it and come back. Yes, if your time is worth little to nothing, it might be worth it, but usually not. That is why I would love to see something like the BBB here, or a Small Claims court that could make binding orders/judgments. Too much to ask?
  17. 7 points
    Here are 2 facts: 1) I met the head of Social Security for Mexico and asked about Medicare being able to be used in Mexico and he said no. 2) Met clients who had surgery done with a local doctor who promised Medicare would cover it. Coincidentally right after they said that Medicare wouldn't and the doctor then called Medicare right on the spot. Lucky for them the doctor didn't speak much English but they did speak to a Spanish speaking doctor at Medicare who explained that something changed. Lesson: Anybody offering something to be covered by Medicare will be scamming you or the government. Best to stick to less risky activities like smoking crack, getting involved with timeshares, nationalizing older cars, opening the door for strangers, etc.
  18. 7 points
    Mitch, If you want to immerse yourself in older US and Canadian Expats, start in Ajijic. But, if you want to explore the more realistic ambiance of a small Mexican city, with expats happening to be part of the population, Chapala is the center of the Lake Chapala area, and has more to see and do. It is all of five miles from Ajijic, and you will want to explore everything in between, using the local bus, every 10 minutes, or so; Riberas del Pilar, San Antonio Tlayacapan, La Floresta, and Ajijic (all are part of the Chapala Municipalidad & popular with expats). You may even want to venture a few miles further west, to San Juan Cosala and even into the next municipality of Jocotopec, where you will also find expats. Four or five days will definitely not be sufficient to get a feel for the area. Think about a two week minimum; or maybe even a month or two. Take the suggestions of those expats who have lived in the area for 5-10 years, and who speak some Spanish. Those who haven't done both, may be sources of very unusual opinions. Enjoy! ¡Que disfrutes de la experiencia!
  19. 7 points
    Your are getting bad advice, lo barato sale caro.
  20. 6 points
  21. 6 points
    I have one brief question. If people with property don't pay taxes on it - particularly high value properties - where does the money come from to pay for roads, and bridges, and sewers, and police and fire protection... ? It seems the money fairies aren't doing a very good job of providing adequate funds to pay for all these services so I guess it will need to come down to paying property taxes.
  22. 6 points
    You say i have no clue about the culture or the people. You dont even know me. You only know a few sentences that I posted. I know there are good and bad in every culture. Can you not be so quick to judge others and their motives based on a post? I feel that lacks mercy towards our fellow man. Its ok to say the French people are a wonderful people. Or Americans are a wonderful people. I realize there are bad people in every culture. That goes without saying.
  23. 6 points
    One of many lately.....
  24. 6 points
    The heavens opened up in Riberas around 7:40 pm. TORRENTIAL rain and I accumulated 1 and 1/4 inches in a half an hour in the rain gauge. BIG wind and moderate thunder and lightening and the temperature dropped 20 degrees F. I am absolutely amazed that I still have a landline, internet and electricity. I may even have to haul out a blanket for tonight.
  25. 6 points
    What's the rush? It's a new facility with all new equipment. Instillation does not always go according to plan except in a perfect world. Find something else to worry about that you have control over. Our 4 day experience in this hospital was excellent
  26. 6 points
    Nobody here admits anything and the order of the day is lie, lie, lie. Too many people want to believe in high returns and low risk and that the people promoting these "investments" while having no professional licensing or training. These people also never put anything in writing. People don't want to feel racist or bad for not trusting someone from another culture so many are naive or feel guilty for asking legitimate questions. I have a lady who was scammed when buying a condo on the beach. Instead of hiring an attorney she brought a "friend" who then told her that for the trust she needed to list a Mexican under the beneficiary section. As he was the only one there that she had to list him (thereby making this "friend" the heir and not her family if the 82 year old spring chicken dropped dead soon). As if the lesson wasn't learned now she is selling the unit and another bank employee (one of these brokerage houses that we have in Ajijic) wanted to earn the commission on the trust so conspired with a notary to draw up a contract not in her interest, told her no problem when verbal and other agreements would be ok even if not included. Deposit was only $2,000 US for a $200,000USD property. Also in the end they said the buyer needed more time to check out the property and to sign the deed and he would pay later even though the lady was asked to sign over the deed and all rights to the property. This was at recommendation of a large Marge type of older lady new "attorney" who helps expats (probably only to lose life savings). Oh and even though she qualified for the capital gains exemption she had to pay $25,000US even though all other calculations were $15,000USD less if there was capital gains. (This is new expat scam where notaries quote high capital gains and then after closing lower them and pocket the money). To have a clear conscience I wrote a scathing email to the client "I highly advise against it as I feel you are being taken advantage of, at the minimum there should do a reserva de dominio and stiff penalties for non payment as that would put a lien on the property until you are paid and to guarantee you are paid. They dont need the original deeds, I dont have them, you do. PLEASE BE VERY CAREFUL I THINK THEY ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF YOU AND YOU SHOULD NOT TRUST ANYBODY. THEY ARE DEVIATING FROM STANDARD PRACTICES AND THERE IS LITTLE REDRESS NOR JUSTICE HERE. REMEMBER IT IS VERY EASY TO LOSE YOUR MONEY OR HAVE THEM MAKE EXCUSES NOT TO PAY IN THE FUTURE AND THEN YOU HAVE SIGNED THE DEED AND GIVEN THEM POSSESSION. PLEASE RETHINK. DANGER WILL ROBINSON!" While not victim blaming so many people have so much pressure on them to to bad deals and few come from a place where you must always watch your back or that you have little to no recourse. Another local bank stalled my client's niece to get money from the account to pay hospital while alerting the worker put on the account who could take out money for emergencies who then looted 2,000,000 pesos from the account not even paying a peso of the bills. We filed criminal charges and the bad guy was represented by someone working in city hall during the last administration, the ministerio publico would see me and run out to the garden and hide in the bushes to avoid the issue. He was fat so couldnt hide that well. Sadly, YOU HAVE NO FRIENDS when money is involved.
  27. 6 points
    There is no organic certification by the government (or anyone else). “Organic” is taken on faith and anyone can use the term. Also, some pesticides banned in the U.S. are still used here.
  28. 6 points
    What do your comments have to do with Scallion's restaurant ?
  29. 6 points
    This board is a good place to get your own opinion validated. You checked the official advice and obviously don't want to take it. Just be patient and someone will validate your opinion and you can breathe easy. Be sure to remember their screen name so you can include it in any angry rant that you may need to send if, God forbid, you were to miss your flight due to not being punctual. Best of luck and enjoy your trip.
  30. 6 points
  31. 6 points
    Regardless of the reason, I ceased to buy meat from Walmart, especially after discovering that the mysterious "sell by" date wasn't necessarily so. I buy my burger at the butchers, selecting the sirloin chunks and watching it ground on the spot.
  32. 6 points
    I think you should qualify your post by saying "foreigners, no lucrativo"". Mexicans and foreigners engaged in any kind of business activity here have to have domestic bank accounts for accounting and tax reporting purposes. Even if you rent out a casita, a Mexican account is necessary, and why would any Mexican or even a foreigner risk sending their funds to the US? There are a lot of good banks and bankers in Mexico and the SMA situation, if it happened as reported, is a rare exception. I have never lost any sleep over it and put it in the same category of chance as the foreigners who are murdered in Mexico, maybe even less. (edited by moderator to remove political comment)
  33. 5 points
    All you mentioned comes from SAT taxes and the 16 percent IVA taxes in Mexico. Property taxes have nothing to do with services. There is no comparision to your idea of property taxes here in Mexico. Mexican systems are difficult to understand but if you read my post above it might help explain their reasoning behind very low - almost free - property taxes.
  34. 5 points
    Yes, I have been working with them and, not only are the people involved very knowledgeable about the development plans in our area, but the professionals who are fighting these illegal developments have good contacts in the state, federal and international community (Living Lakes for example which adopted Lake Chapala). The Mexico City lawyer has agreed to work with Amigos continuing his investigation and analysis of the urban planning and zoning in our area in order to legally stop over-development in protected areas. It is the only way to stop it, with good legal representation that is immune to pressure from local politicians and who has national experience in stopping this type of problem.
  35. 5 points
    Sputnik you were not funny and you were the worse offender. We were talking about bras nothing else.. You are a gringo , like it or not and , Mexicans are people like all of us no pont tellng ust how wonderful they are. Some are good and some are bad.. that is realty all over the world.. You are being very paternalistic another way of being a racist and looking down on people and you do not even realize it. The bra thing is obviously a store policy and has nothng to do with the law..
  36. 5 points
    Thanks for asking HarryB. I was one of the founding members of the Chimalli Axixic group and our stated purpose was to curb illegal development in the hills of Ajijic. Money was raised (over 100,000 pesos) to specifically hire a lawyer from Mexico city, who is a specialist in urban planning and development. The first thing he did was to ask for the legal basis for granting a change in zoning for the Tepalo waterfall area from a protected green area to housing development. As soon as they received his request the zoning was returned to green. Some new people joined the group and resisted using the money raised to pay this lawyer, even though that was the stated purpose of the funds. I and two other members were able to get the group to send first 20,000 pesos and after almost two months 12,500. The lawyer requested extensive paperwork from the Chapala City Hall and they sent unreadable copies and only part of what he asked for. I went to City Hall and got 1972 documents (costing over 3000 pesos) and gave them to the Chimalli group to send to the Mexico City lawyer ......in March. These documents were never sent. I insisted that we keep to the original plan and send the documents and finish to pay the MEXICO city lawyer. I was asked to leave the group and threatened with legal action if I divulged the group’s plans and strategies. I understand that a lawyer from Guadalajara, whose specialty is ecological issues, was given 40,000 pesos plus a stipend of 5000 a Month to take legal action. The only thing that she has done, to my knowledge, is to attend a conference in Spain. 7 months have gone by. The above letter to the Reporter was written in March. The generous donors have a right to request clarity on the actions of this group and the expenditures to date.
  37. 5 points
    And the spreading of rumors, misinformation, speculation, conjecture, etc continues endlessly from the misinformed and uninformed.
  38. 5 points
    This is the same argument, under another name, that this fellow ran on an other board until they tired of him and he tired them being tired of him.....like a giant merry go round.
  39. 5 points
  40. 5 points
    I'm surprised nobody has mentioned CBD oil on this thread yet. Most CBD oil is really just legal hemp seed oil, unless the label says otherwise. Just 5 or 6 drops under the tongue can really relax you and allow you to acquire a deep and restful night of sleep with zero side effects and zero drugged or groggy feeling in the morning. CBD oil has been widely covered on this board discussing its potential as a non-adicctive, safe medium to get a good nights sleep. Forget about big pharma, thinking about the dangerous side effects of their drugs, alone, will keep you up all night with worry. Just google CBD oil.
  41. 5 points
    I don't do that because the cashier has to account for missing money in the till when it doesn't jive with the receipts. They'll either have to pay it out of their own pocket or likely get fired. It could be argued that they should get fired if they can't pay attention to the job they're being paid to do, but I'd not like to think some woman with a family to support had to cough up 300 pesos that she mistakenly handed me.
  42. 5 points
    In my over 30 years travelling and doing business here as well as living here full time for over 11 years; In the grand scheme if things I find Mexicans extremely honest. Every culture and country has it's Bad Apples, and i have traveled extensively. Here there is more honesty than most.
  43. 5 points
    Well I took it personal heading up a large family of "locals" in an obvious put down that didn´t assume a whole lot except that which was written. In any event, I gotcha chief, and I will try to control my assumptions, or get sent to Siberia.
  44. 5 points
    All of that is sold at the Ajijic Wednesday market. When I lived in Ajijic, that tianguis was the highlight of my week. Conversing with the vendors--don Rafa and his wife doña Tere, the young women who sold gorditas, the man who sold fresh fish and always had a sample of something to taste, the young man who sold great chicken, the yoghurt man and his wife--plus seeing so many of my Mexican friends and neighbors (I had a van and my neighbors often carpooled there and back with me). I often saw ex-pat friends--people I only saw at the tianguis, we'd always stop to chat for a minute. And the woman with the taco stand about midway through--I still remember her tacos. The last time I was there, IMHO there was too much emphasis on arts and crafts and too little emphasis on what a tianguis is generally for: buying fresh provisions for the kitchen. I don't know any tianguis--in Mexico City, in Morelia, in Pátzcuaro, in Oaxaca, in Guadalajara--where the produce is home-grown and brought to market. The vendors are re-sellers, buying at wholesale in a mercado de abastos and reselling at a very, very small profit in the tianguis. In Pátzcuaro, sellers do come from little towns around the area, even from Janitzio island, to sell certain home-grown or net-fished items--but only twice a week. Same in Morelia, at the Mercado de Independencia--twice a week. In Zaachila, Oaxaca and in San Cristóbal de las Casas, there are purely indigenous markets where people do bring their own goods to sell. I make it a point to shop in the tianguis wherever I am. Deep relationships form between seller and buyer, jokes are shared between buyer and vendor, or between one buyer and another, produce is better, meat is better, fish is better, cheese, yoghurt, etc etc etc are better. In Mexico City, due to illness I failed to go to my neighborhood tianguis for about six weeks. When I was finally able to go back, one of the vendors reached out to hug me and said, "Ay señora, you're an older person and we thought something had happened to you!" He was so relieved that I was back and not in the más allá. Build relationships in your communities. Shop your tianguis and your municipal market, not just the organic market or whatever upscale market you have. And please note that the word is TIANGUIS: tea AHN geese. One tianguis, two tianguis, three tianguis. The word is based on a Náhuatl word and means street market. Always the same in singular and plural. NEVER tiangus and never tiangui. From me and your tianguis to you: https://mexicocooks.typepad.com/mexico_cooks/2007/08/tianguis-mexico.html
  45. 5 points
    I'm a little confused - which is not unusual for me. Are some of you saying that iFibra is stringing cable for themselves - rather than as a subcontractor for Ilox? And that iFibra will be offering the packages shown on their website directly to customers at Lakeside in competition with Ilox and Telmex? Just want to clarify. I guess iFibra could be planning to provide service at Lakeside and that competition and choices can only work in our favor. I just don't see iFibra thinking that competing with Ilox would be a good idea but perhaps they will go for it. The young man that came to my house to do the original Ilox install came back this week to add the TV package that I did not order originally. I had a pretty long talk with him - as I mentioned earlier he is a really nice guy and technically very skilled. He is from Ocotlan and has worked for iFibra for quite a while. He has had Ilox paperwork with him each time he has been here and called Ilox to get the service authorized once he had done his part here at my house. He didn't know much if anything about the arrangements between Ilox and iFibra. He said he had not been told what to say - or what to not say. He just shows up and does his work. He speaks very little English - really almost none - but we haven't seemed to have had trouble communicating with each other in Spanish. I was one of the original prepaid accounts, have had my service for several months now and am very happy with the speed and with the overall experience in dealing with Ilox. Quite honestly I am stupid and apathetic - I don't know and don't care about most of the details people are getting worked up about. Ilox is working through their build-out, I am up and running, speed and service are great for me. 100% happy. Don't really care which poles are being used, if iFibra is or isn't a subcontractor for Ilox, or any of the other details folks are getting worked up about. Stringing cable is one part of the process but there are many more steps required to deliver service over those cables. Obviously lots of other folks don't see all this the way I do. Thanks once again to Tom for all his work to get this going - and for his incredible patience in dealing with all the headaches. We should double Ted's salary - but then 2 x $0 is still $0 so all I can do is to thank him profusely. This is truly a game changer for our community and for me personally.
  46. 5 points
    Unfortunately, you're wrong. Mexicans use tons of pesticides. There's little education here about the dangers- they spray malathion around like it's water, using no gloves, no masks, etc.
  47. 5 points
    I am an American on this board who has gratefully made my home in Mexico for 11 years. Hate to break the news to you but I see things the way you do and every foreigner I know feels the same way. I just assumed it was a decent human point of view.
  48. 5 points
    The part about only foreigners paying transfer tax. I do lots of probate cases and transfers and the only difference for foreigners is the SRE permit. There is no different tax treatment and the only time they try to apply different treatment is with a reduction of value for property tax maybe saving you under $40US. There are ways to pay tax and avoid a notary but your estate planning may be incomplete. If your home is worth little or you have no money or dont plan to sell then let your heirs clean up the mess, make them work for it.
  49. 5 points
    You really are just an unhappy man, aren't you? Does everything have to be an argument with you? A comeback? What the hell, dude, you are in Mexico. Relax and enjoy life.
  50. 5 points
    Too many people, everywhere, seem to believe whatever they have heard, or read, last. Then, with good intentions, they pass it on, and on and on. When it comes full circle, those beliefs are reinforced and locked into their reality. That repitition is crucial to building strong beliefs and the courage to defend them and spread them. It is the very reason for going to clubs, churches, or other organization meetings on a regular basis; reinforcement of the creed! Gullibility reigns! Pass the KoolAid.
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