Hollered at Guatemala Taxi Man
I sent a Taxi to the Guatemala City Airport to pick up a friend, when he arrived home there was two foreigners in the Taxi and my friend was in back looking uncomfortable. I was angry, it was obvious to me, my friends Private Taxi had become an example of Guatemalan or Latino abuse.
I do not allow resentments to pester me, it is a monkey on my back, a luxury an Alcoholic in remission cannot have to remain sane. (I do not mind if you are insane.)
Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Friday, June 11, 2010
By Andy Graham of HoboTraveler.com
I went directly to the Taxi person, and told him he was jumping two fare, abusing my friend, and my personal friendship, I know the man very well, but know this is to be expected from the Latino Culture, they live in a world of take from the table fast…. I needed to get it off my chest, I truly do not care about the Taxi guy, and I just need to stop this re-feeling of the situation.
Many a tourist will say,
"They are so poor; I allow them to cheat me."
"If a person is equal, then treat them as equals, or do you like that feeling of superiority?"
Allowing people to cheat you is putting a nail in your emotional coffin, when I allow a person to cheat me, it creates a festering wound, an infection, a resentment that can after time force me to return to my cave, called the USA, whereby I must stop looking at beauty and only have a cloistered existence.
Many tourist need to return home, they do not know why, the reason is simple; to stop the abuse, then again, they also allow it at work, what is new.
Hollered at Guatemala Taxi Man
Andy, did the taxi driver give any explanation? Since you know him personally, did he try to rationalize what he did? Maybe he sees nothing wrong with it and you just raised his awareness.
I known this man for five years, I hired a private taxi, and he found a way to double his fare without asking permission, he is the same as an American, he had pride that he was clever. Sold one thing and gave another, taking advantage of tourist who do not understand.
Americans are soft targets, they just cannot accept or believe the real world.
It is always dangerous to allow another person to enter your taxi unless you are 100 percent clear, the two can gang up on you and rob you.
I agree with what you did 100 Andy. Sounds like you told him what you felt, did not go ballistic on the guy.
One of the things that has always bothered me about peoples response to those living a different way of life (In other words, can't afford the "good stuff"), is the feeling that they are missing something, though that is the way they have lived for centuries. ( A good example are the people I met in Sudan)
Happy with what they have, willing to share with a traveler, no desire to keep up with the "Jones' " in other parts of the world.
But, honesty , integrity, truthfulness - those are all universal traits amongst friends. When a friend, or someone you put your trust in lets you down, there is a need to vent yourself to your comrade. If you do not, then you do not have a comrade.
Hope that makes sense.