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Fri Oct 25, 2019 12:38 am
My favorite story of a European trying to assert their "human rights" in a totally inappropriate situation, is from my years backpacking in mexico. Think this was back about 25 years ago, the 90's.
I use to go down to mexico on my own durring summers and breaks from the university, but never really was in to the whole spring break scene at the tourist resorts. I liked the "real" mexico. I had lived in mexico with my father when I was 12.
I was in a bar in Sonora mexico, that was pretty much owned, operated, and all the clientel were narco traffickers. not exactly a typical tourist destination.
yeah, I was young. seemed like a good idea at the time.
so I am with a crazy vietnam vet I had met along the way, and this french guy we had just met an hour before. we were probably the only foreigners around for miles. The french guy was like cartoon out of a 1950's disney short, striped shirt and all. but, he seemed harmless.
so, there is a band playing, everyone is being very tolerant and nice to us, and things are going good. generally killing a gringo is bad for buisness, so no one is bothering us. in fact, everyone seemed rather amused we had the balls to be there at all on a Friday night.
French guy, out of the blue, whips out a small tape recorder, and starts trying to record the live band. The vet and I look at each other with a , 'oh, shit'. we are like, "put the tape recorder away RIGHT NOW"!
French guy, completely oblivious to the rapidly closing circle of drunk drug traffickers all around us, is like, "It is my right as a human to record and enjoy this music" (you have to read that with broken english and a Paris accent for full effect).
There is one, particularly drunk guy, that makes it to the table first and starts leaning over me and the table to grab the french guy. french guy, has his back turned to all of us, watching the band. I got my head on a swivel, as I am watching all these guys approaching, trying to figure out what the hell is happening. I am not watching the vet.
I look down, and the crazy vet has slammed a K-bar style hunting knife in to the center of the table. I, startled, jump up, and back, knock my chair over, and land on my feet about a foot or two behind the drunk. It was such a loud noise, that everyone else approaching the table jumped back too, and froze.
The drunk, I swear literaly pissed his pants. He is now frozen in position, looking directly in to the eyes of the vet, like 1 foot between them, that still has one hand on the k-bar, and has whipped out another folding buck knife with the other. I am now behind the drunk, and he can not see what I am doing. That was not some tactical brilliance on my part, I was just trying to put as much distance between me and the guy with knife; putting the drunk between me and the knife seemed like it might help.
The whole time, the French guy, never even turns around. Not even aware of what is going on.
We paid the bill and made a strategic retreat, dragging an annoyed frenchman out with us, that is still insisting it was his right to record the live music.
kicker to that story was, the next morning, me and the vet, both really hungover, wonder back in to that same bar. no one in there but an old man behind the bar.
A couple fishermen wonder in to the bar, selling buckets of oysters. we buy two buckets, my friend pulls out his knife and we start to try to open the oysters. the bartender stops the fishermen, as they are leaving and says, "if my good customers cut themselves, I will cut you".
Turns out, that was the local narco boss. word had gotten around about our "tourist activity" in his bar the night before, and he was impressed. Especially we came back the next day. by that point he probably figured we had to be DEA or something. No one else would be that stupid.
Guess the moral of that story is, careful who you make friends with. nice to get to know knew people, but best done under more controlled circumstances; and, careful of Europeans asserting their "human rights", at the wrong moment.
I get it. My minor was in history and focused on human rights, dictatorships (including chile's), and especially holocaust history. It is a sensitive subject in Europe. Sometimes so sensitive, it is applied inappropriately or over applied, in a 'better safe than sorry sort' of way.