In Mexico City, pleasantries help keep the city afloat

Source: BBC News

By Megan Frye

I’d lived in Mexico City for about six months before witnessing somebody get visibly angry in public. And it wasn’t a Mexican.

It was just after the workday had ended, and the buzzing cafe I was in had a perpetual line wrapped around the counter. Suddenly a man began to raise his voice toward the cashier. “You’re trying to rob me!” he yelled in Spanish, with a non-Mexican accent.

He looked around the cafe and announced loudly that he had given the cashier 500 pesos, but had only received change for 200 pesos. The young cashier appeared mortified, and people in line turned their gaze to their feet or the pastry display in front of them.

Rarely will you see a Mexican publicly lose emotional control (Credit: Credit: John Mitchell/Alamy)

Rarely will you see a Mexican publicly lose emotional control (Credit: John Mitchell/Alamy)

“This is unbelievable!” The man was now shouting, his ire and frustration directed at everyone in the cafe. “This is criminal.”

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