Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Mexican Shopping Customs

I was surprised when I first moved here to the Mexican side of the border by the different rules that they have when it comes to shopping. I was even MORE surprised that the rules have bled over onto the Texas side.

When shopping back home in Michigan one can wander among the shopps in a mall or shopping plaza with as many bags of previous purchases as they might like. It's not something anybody ever thinks about. Here however you're not allowed to enter a store with anything other than your purse. If you have a bag from another shop you've got to stop at a desk at the door, give them your things and take a voucher to be able to get them back.

Shopping in a street strip of stores, the mall and even the grocery store you've got to hand it all in. Baby bag? So sorry, baby STROLLER?? In Mexico they'll make you empty it of everything but baby and put a tag on it but in TEXAS?? Check it at the door and say goodbye! Better hope you didn't raise a fat baby.

Anyhoo, I've ended up walking out of stores a couple of times and not getting my stuff back - I'm forgetful like that. Is it like that in other places around the states? I've been to 46 of the U.S. States but can't say I've ever seen it before......maybe in the bigger cities?? Or is it just here?

15 comments:

raúl said...

They do that here in D.F. I can also vouch for the NYC-NJ area. Many places won't let you take things inside.

~ellen~ said...

I don't think I've ever seen that here in Florida. How annoying, I have no doubt I'd forget things and leave without retrieving them too!

Larry Prater said...

In Oklahoma you can't enter stores with bags, you have to check then at the front. Here in our little town in Mexico small stores let you enter with bags, but the larger stores do not.

Waitress from Mensa said...

In Bryan/College Station, Texas, one checks one's backpack at the counters Dollar General. But even worse are the ridiculously intrusive rifling through every pocket and bag at the Texas A&M football stadium (Kyle Field) gate. Inspectors have been known to confiscate a small pack of peanut butter & crackers from the purse of grandma with two small grandchildren in tow. Bottled water was prohibited until legions of student spectators collapsed from dehydration when the concession stands ran out of water. Gig 'em, Aggies.

On Mexican Time said...

It's not like that in every store here in Cancun, but it does happen. I hate it, and find it annoying!!! Sometimes I refuse to shop in that store... Hahaha - Yeah, I like they care!!

In Canada, one of my FAVE stores makes you hand in your purse when going into the change rooms! I hate that too but they have the nicest clothes!

I just find it a nuisance for all of us that DON'T shop lift!! Meanwhile, I'm convinced the ones that do are still doing it! LOL!!

Leslie Limon said...

I live in a small town. Our biggest store is a Farmacia Guadalajara. And it's the only store in town that asks that you leave your shopping bags in their little cubby holes. But I never leave mine. :)

Once at Soriana, I was asked to leave my diaper bag at the front desk. The first 30 minutes we were there, I went back twice to the front desk to make a bottle for Jack. After the second time, they let me have it back! :)

Meet the Family said...

Totally blew me away when I first got south of the boarder too. One time my husband lost his voucher while shopping and the bag lady wouldnt give him his stuff until he had that voucher! We searched forever, luckily found it, I dont know if she would have given us back our stuff, and I would have had to jump over that counter and then make a run for it!

gringationcancun said...

They do that here in Cancun, but only at the movies and in grocery stores.

(I often forget my stuff, too. Especially after a movie!)

Marlo said...

Here in Nebraska and Iowa you get to keep your goodies with you.

Theresa in Mèrida said...

I like leaving my bags at the paqueteria, it makes shopping easier. I have put down my purchases to examine something I am thinking of buying and left it behind! One day I was in Centro hauling around a lot of bags with more shopping to be done, I stopped in Chapur (a department store like Macy's) and checked all my purchases and went shopping elsewhere. Then I returned to gather it all up again and go home. I must march to a different drummer.
I have never had to check anything in California before shopping.
regards,
Theresa

Zoe said...

I agree with Theresa. It is a pleasant and, for me, helpful solution to dragging armfuls of packages around while you shop. Especially at the holidays. Just something you get used to so try to think of it as a positive, not a negative.

Crystal said...

When I was in mexico (Acayucan, Veracruz) I noticed that everyone would leave their bag when they came in I did not know that you had to do that. Hmmm. we do not do that here in Alabama and I live in Montgomery. I have never seen it. By the way have you ever been to Alabama?

Sparx said...

OK, I read this post first, and then after your last post I thought you were going to talk about leaving your new iPad at the grocery... but yay!

I've never heard of this custom before, you come from a strange land oh distant one.

Johnna said...

Hey Lindy! I don't know if you remember me... I think I only met you all of one time... You came over to my parents house for a bon fire... and we had another friend over that brought his unicycle and his didgeridoo... Well... anywho... I've been stalking your blog (sorry! it's funny and interesting!) and I just wanted to let you know that after reading so much about your crossing the border experiences... I have begun to dream about myself crossing the border!

Oh well... I've always had weird dreams to begin with... but I hope all is going well with you! :-)

Johnna

Krissie said...

Also here in Cro, in some stores.