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Posted By: Chloe

See Chloe's high wire act - 01/26/02 08:15 PM

Ok....see my high wire stretched across the street, and I am going to attempt to walk it, without a NET here. My first attempt, so be supportive.
If you are visiting with Teenagers, best you know your teenagers well. Ever 50 feet in town, someone will try to sell them WEED and ETC. They lure them in by calling out let me see your necklace, shirt or shoes, to drawn them to the side of the street, then pop up their own shirt, and say DO YOU WANT TO BUY SOME WEED.
I have labored over posting this for two weeks, but thought best I do.
I am not judging anyone, just giving information. All of you know how much I love Ambergris, and I want all to enjoy the Caye.
Bet this post will increase some Tourism.
I hope Marty does not pull this, due to it being good first hand factual information.
Posted By: Rocio

Re: See Chloe's high wire act - 01/26/02 08:42 PM

Chloe, my hat goes off to you and your courage....., I have experienced the same thing on my visits to BC, SP and CC, all those voices coming out of the shadows, yes, at the time I fit the customer "profile", beard and longer hair(now shorter). I know also that they will approach the teens without any second thought. In my 30+ years of doing Mexico, both border towns and the interior, I have never been offered drugs, but my friends have, even here in Cozumel. I have have a friend from Canada, policeman, works undercover vice and drugs, he can't move without getting approached.

I have heard things have changed in the Mexican border towns, you live close by no?

You do have my support as a parent.

Rocio

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Posted By: chunkyruth

Re: See Chloe's high wire act - 01/26/02 09:49 PM

I'm sorry to have to say this, but this is not a problem particular to Belize. The great majority of U.S. teenagers will run into this same situation walking down the hallways of their very own high school.

Believe me, if they want it...they can get it...be it in Belize or the U.S.

And on the flip side...if they don't want it...they will say "no thanks"...just like at home.
Posted By: Bad Dog

Re: See Chloe's high wire act - 01/26/02 09:52 PM

Chloe,

We were trespassing one day, hanging out at the hammocks at Ramons, and of course ordering cocktails and some dude walked right up to us and started his little salesmans spiel, at one o'clock in the afternoon. I first instinct was "undercover Cop" cause no pusher is this blatant.
Posted By: Debbie

Re: See Chloe's high wire act - 01/26/02 10:11 PM

Unfortunately, I have to agree with all here. Yes, our teens are confronted with drugs at school daily. I have two teen boys, and am constantly dumbfounded at what they come home telling me. But it's the sad state of reality. And yes, they will approach our young people in the streets of San Pedro. We took our boys the summer of 2000. As stated above, the boys politely said "no thanks". But I was startled at the brazeness of the "salesmen". They offered it to my husband right in front of our children. Have to say though, once you turn them down, they don't dog you about it. They just walk away. Just use common sense and prepare your young people ahead of time...... Chloe, my hat goes off to you. Many people travel with teens, and I think it should be addressed.
Debbie

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Posted By: Marty

Re: See Chloe's high wire act - 01/27/02 01:27 AM

I get asked sometimes, my wife never does.

What does that say about me?
Posted By: Chloe

Re: See Chloe's high wire act - 01/27/02 02:25 AM

Thanks for being supportive.
Yes, it happens everywhere, but on vacation, kids could be more enticed. San Pedro being a small town, and kids running freely up and down the streets, I thought it should be mentioned.
Let me tell you, those Salesmen never backed off, they asked the same people everytime they saw them. I noted a much more open approach this trip, blatant. My thinking is their business has been hurt with fewer tourist, therefore they are working over time on the street and beach. I had never been approached anywhere, but two did ask me in SP this last trip. But they only asked me once each......LOL....I had a good message for them, and they looked at me stunned.
Also our security guard told us of many problems, the Salesmen not making change correctly, and tourist started screaming, or they bought, and found out it was nothing but kitchen herbs. Anyhow, just my experience.

Rocio, yes Mexico is 15 minutes from my front door, and I am sure plenty of drugs are here, but I have never seen a transaction, or known of anyone that has been approached on the streets or on our beach. I am sure it happens, but it is not out in the open.

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Posted By: Rocio

Re: See Chloe's high wire act - 01/27/02 02:41 AM

Marty, my friend, I'm sorry to say, but you fall into the "old hippy" customer "profile", oh God, that word keep coming up, that I do, The same thing applies to the "biker" image. It's just a fact of life, beards, longer mustaches, longer hair will attract solicitation from street dealers.

Rocio
Posted By: Rocio

Re: See Chloe's high wire act - 01/27/02 02:52 AM

Chloe..., I have a good friend that works for the county over in McAllen, he says that the problem is in the schools on both sides of the river. Teens are such easy targets, God Bless-um, they have enough challenges while growing up without drugs.

Rocio
Posted By: Chloe

Re: See Chloe's high wire act - 01/27/02 07:05 AM

The town I live in does not have a school or church. Only one convenient store, two golf courses, country club, and alot of old people. LOL Therefore I am out of the loop. When I refer to my kids, actually they are my grandchildren, and they live in San Antonio. The schools in surrounding towns, are doing alot to keep the kids safe,
closed campuses, security people, and sniffer dogs. We do have alot of DEA and Border Patrol people in South Texas.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: See Chloe's high wire act - 01/27/02 04:14 PM

my husband & i have been to san pedro twice, (total of 10 days) and we were never approached. never asked. not once.

we were a bit insulted...
Posted By: Rhon

Re: See Chloe's high wire act - 01/27/02 04:44 PM

The last trip we were there with our then 4 year old and were approached numerous times. It actually suprised us because neither one of fit the "image" everyone is referring to. I have to say it bothered me that they would approach us when we had our child with us.After you said no a few times they would leave you alone.
Posted By: JmHanna

Re: See Chloe's high wire act - 01/28/02 12:08 AM

I have responded to similar threads like this one in the past.
You folks have obviously never been to Jamaica or any of the other Caribbean Islands or the far east.
The hustling you are refering to is-on a scale of 1 to 10- is a two.
Don't worry.
Your kids have & know how to deal with the same problems at home.
Mayhaps you have the blinders on again?
Jim
Posted By: beachluvr

Re: See Chloe's high wire act - 01/28/02 03:21 AM

Jim, when we went to Jamaica, we didn't even make it out of the airport before we had it offered to us...in SP we had to wait 4 or 5 hours until that evening, but as most of the others have pointed out, nobody at least IMHO, beats you over the head about it


btw, I'm a gal, mid thirties, but I do have long hair...does that mean I fit the 'profile'? LOL
Posted By: rickcheri

Re: See Chloe's high wire act - 01/28/02 04:02 AM

they never ask Rick but ALWAYS ask me??? C
Posted By: Chloe

Re: See Chloe's high wire act - 01/28/02 04:58 AM

That's it....the long hair.....for the first time in my life I have long hair, just about as long as Jim's and finally they tried to sell me Weed.

Do you think the visor I wore on New Year's Eve, could have slipped, and created a blinder, while I was having a drink at Pier Lounge......LOL?

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Posted By: skullyboy

Re: See Chloe's high wire act - 01/28/02 06:18 AM

On my last trip the offers happened every day, But I will say It`s not nearly as bad as some other places I have been to. Yes I do fit the Image. I think It Is the long hair.
Posted By: Laguna Punta

Re: See Chloe's high wire act - 01/28/02 10:59 PM

Drugs in San Pedro have been around for awhile. It seems that the highest resolve is not here to rid San Pedro of this Cancer.
Posted By: beachluvr

Re: See Chloe's high wire act - 01/28/02 11:12 PM

Cheri, you wild child!!! and you don't even have long hair (do you?) gina
Posted By: Mike and Daphne Ryan

Re: See Chloe's high wire act - 01/29/02 12:12 AM

When I woked at Chase (1 Chase Manhattan Plaza down in the Wall Street area), the place was litterally ringed with drug dealers selling not just "bags and joints, bags and joints", but "boy and girl", and anything else you wanted. Even David Rockefeller remarked on it one day -- they offered him something. I was acosted practically every day for something.

I will not comment on the state of our Treasury Department traders after London closed at noon.

My experience of SP is that it's relatively free of this trouble compared to other places I've been, but I think CHLOE was quite right to post this; people often think that they are leaving ALL their problems behind when they go on vacation. A good reminder for those with kids.

Mike Ryan
Posted By: Chloe

Re: See Chloe's high wire act - 01/29/02 02:51 AM

I truly want to thank all of you, for your thoughts and support. We are Unbelizable as Boarders here. Love Ya, Chloe
Posted By: denverdan

Re: See Chloe's high wire act - 01/29/02 03:43 AM

Good for you Chloe! You go girl!!

Ya know even with Dans "hair" lol, we were never approached on the AC. Although in Belize City, well... that was another story!

On another note... YEP, it's everywhere!

P.S. Jane.. you shoulda went to Amsterdam. lol
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: See Chloe's high wire act - 01/29/02 04:33 PM

ha, you laugh, hope. i think we still are; for frank's 40th in october. without kids.
Posted By: rickcheri

Re: See Chloe's high wire act - 01/30/02 02:07 AM

Gina-yes, long hair....i come from the age of "Hair Bands"...Scorpions, Queensryche, Lillian Axe etc...love the new radio station here-"The Bone"!!! 93.3...i now listen to the radio in my car again and enjoy "air guitar and drums"!!! LOL.....C...People in traffic now get free entertainment!!!
Posted By: beachluvr

Re: See Chloe's high wire act - 01/30/02 05:15 PM

Cheri, LOL!! at your air guitar...we just went to see Creed & my friend there in Dallas told me about a new station, The Bone...she now listens to the radio again also! and hair bands, ah yes, I love long hair on guys, what happened? oh well, short is nice too...these thirties are gettin closer to forties all the time [Linked Image]

according to this thread, appparently there is a certain profile that is more likely to get offered drugs, but I still think it could happen to anyone, anywhere
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