Even after 7 years in Cancun, I still go through culture shock from time to time (as evidenced in the infamous sheet shopping incident a few months ago). These downswings used to last weeks and weeks when I first moved down here, but now they typically only last anywhere from 5 minutes to 2 days.
Today I went to lunch at Plaza Las Americas, downtown Cancun’s main mall. I was already frustrated that the ATM at work was broken (which seems to happen pretty much every payday… convenient) and I didn’t have enough money on me to buy lunch. The salad place at the food court informed me that they only accept cash. This wasn’t surprising, but it did begin a stream of curse words and arguments in my head.
- “Why don’t most places in Mexico accept cards? They have the technology!”
- “But wait… even the places that do accept cards always have problems with their machines not working.” (Starbucks, I’m looking at you.)
- “If I were in the US, they’d let me buy a salad with a card. Heck, I bet they’d even have ATMs that don’t break down every 2 weeks!”
- “Well now I have to walk aaaaaallll the way to the mall ATM just to get $100 pesos. FML.”
- “Stupid Mexico with their stupid cash only policies.”
And then a miracle happened.
When I finally got back to the salad place with my cash in hand, the cashier gave me this with my meal:
That’s a free card worth 10 movie tickets at just $39 pesos each! (Just over $3 USD)
They may not accept cards at many places, but I’ll be darned if Mexico doesn’t have much better movie prices than the USA.
God bless you, Mexico.