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Tourist and service providers clash in Progreso, Yucatán

by Yucatan Times

A brawl broke out a few meters from the statue of Don Juan Miguel Castro, among visitors of African-American origin who refused to pay masseuses in Progreso, Yucatan.

The situation caused inspectors and even a translator to arrive at the place, but the tourists had already left without paying for the massage.

A second occasion that warranted the presence of the staff of the Directorate of Tourism was when some workers from the banana rides told an Afro-American family that if they contracted the service they could stay in a palapa of their choice, which belonged to the group of work where they were.

The visitors occupied a table in another establishment, so when it was time to pay, they refused and caused a discussion between workers in the sand area, even requiring the intervention of the official Cristóbal Figueroa UC to solve both parties.

Another case occurred when another woman did not want to pay for the service that was given to her in one of the palapas. She argued that the charge was excessive for canned soft drinks.

These situations generated discontent among tourists and tourism service providers alike.

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Erica June 17, 2023 - 8:29 pm

This story is incomprehensible. If you’re going to write in English, show that you speak/write English

Abond June 18, 2023 - 8:02 am

I understand the article perfectly. It would seem said tourists were very inappropriate, to be kind. The price of a massage here is quite a bit less expensive than wherever they hail from. The most expensive and worst one I ever had was on that cruise ship! These women work in the heat to provide a service and it appears the visitors want something for nothing.

FU June 18, 2023 - 8:08 am

Sounds like tourists actually stood up for themselves and decided to pay market price for products or services available and not inflated rip offs. Good for them. I wonder why their ethnicity was mentioned but not the ethnicity of the people they argued with was? If you are going to race bate, do both sides. Afro vs indegenous is the whole theme of this article!

Yucateco June 18, 2023 - 11:22 am

Can someone explain to me why the race of the tourists in question are included in this article? Is this TYT policy? If they were Caucasian would this be mentioned in accordance with the TYT style guide? Let’s not do this, Yucatán Times. You are better than this

The Ambassador June 18, 2023 - 12:24 pm

The mention of race in this article was absolutely unnecessary. Do better, Yucatan Times.

Carla June 18, 2023 - 4:24 pm

Seems odd (and to be frank, quite American) to state the race (“Afro-American”). I recommend removing mention of race, it has nothing to do with the topic.

Lotus June 19, 2023 - 7:33 am

Your article outlines that there were 3 events that took place, but for only one of those events did you mention race “Afro-American”, what was the race of the individuals involved in the other 2 events?

If you want to talk about race (which is very weird to begin with) then state the race of ALL the people involved OR don’t talk about race at all because honestly it is unnecessary.

Reading this poorly written article made me CRINGE. This is shameful and it screams racism against people of Afro descent, do better Yucatan Times.

MJ June 19, 2023 - 10:08 am

This article is clear in bias, and race should not be the center of the incident. We all can see that Post-COVID there has been an increase in the African American community now living here in the Yucatán…we also know that there is disdain against this increase by both White American and Canadian expatriates; those that hold racists sentiments towards those of Afro-decent. The writer was sure to give highlight this racist sensationalism in the article above. Shameless!


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