American Scott Myers was on vacation in Loreto, Baja California Sur with his girlfriend during the second week of May, 2012, when both of them had a terrifying experience at Tio Lupe’s restaurant on May 11, 2012. Myers posted his experience on several internet message boards. Here is his description of the events:
A shady cabbie took me here and he might be a part of it but he didn’t hand me the drinks. A beady-eyed, fluent English with American accent, 20 something greeted us with menus after my girlfriend and I sat down. After realizing we spoke English he said, “oh you’re an American” and snatched the menus from us saying he’d get English menus. I should’ve left then but I didn’t. I flagged him down after not producing “American” menus and ordered four tacos and two coronas. At this point he was sort of cordial and laid out some chips that were not homemade and two salsas. One pink one that looked like watermelon sauce and a creamy lime looking thing. Neither were good.
It took ten minutes for the beers to arrive which were already opened. I’m super edgy and suspicious about the whole situation but my desire for a cold one got the best of me. I was sober before I took the first sip and as I swallowed it I got a head rush. Coincidence? I took a smaller sip and felt the same rush.
Nope. Told my girlfriend to stop drinking. She had one sip.
Within minutes (seconds, really) I felt like I had taken five xanax and was clearly drugged. At this point I just want to get the hell out, so I ordered my food to go as my cabbie was waiting and paid. He said ten more minutes till the tacos were ready. Really? Twenty minutes to make tacos? Ok. I said we’ll come back and pick it up. We took off and never looked back till the cabbie rolls up 50 yards into our walking dash.
I just wanted to get the hell out so I get in KITO’S taxi. I had my knife in my pocket and was ready to use it. He drops me off and soon my girlfriend and I are safe in our hotel room.
I was loaded on some sort of downer for about 18 hours. Just in time for my flight home.
Horrible end to a great trip.
A local ex-patriot resident of Loreto, Tom Haglund, read Myers’ account and went to Tio Lupe’s restaurant to talk to the owner about it. Haglund reported the following on the BajaNomad message board:
I had lunch today at Tio Lupe’s restaurant. I alerted him to this [story], and he believes it is untrue. His current bartender has been with him 15 years and has not been accused of anything like this before. Lupe is in the restaurant every afternoon and evening and has no recollection of any abandoned dinners or beers in the past few weeks. Lupe Ortiz and I have been friends for 30 years, and if he has dishonored himself in any way during that time I have not heard of it.
Actually, reports of tourists in Mexico being drugged and robbed or raped are fairly common. Here are a few recent events, all occurring in Mexico.
- Cara and Shawn Unser, a Martensville couple, thought they had planned the perfect honeymoon. It was in an ideal location on the sunny shores of Cancun, Mexico. But they say their dream vacation turned into a nightmare. “Basically, we just wanted to get out of there as quickly as possible and get back to Canada,” Shawn said. The couple was staying at a five-star resort called the Jade Riviera. One Saturday morning they were lounging at the pool. Shawn says he had three drinks over a two-hour period, and Cara had two. The next thing they remember is waking up in their suite, nine hours later. They still don’t know how they ended up there. “I woke up to Cara being sick over the side of the bed, then I did the same,” said Shawn. “We literally couldn’t move for three hours,” said Cara. The couple says they and the bartender were the only ones to touch their drinks. The morning after the incident, the Unsers decided to end their honeymoon early and caught the next flight back to Canada. They say after this experience, they won’t be going back to Mexico.
- March 3, 2012, a poster named Missy: I have just come back from being in cancun for 2 weeks with my mother, I’m 35, and a medic on Alberta oil rigs. While at an all inclusive hotel I was drugged, I went out to meet a girlfriend at the hotel bar and I don’t even remember leaving my hotel room to meet her that night, my mom would’ve never let me leave the room if she thought I was drunk, as I had had 2 drinks with dinner,…I saw the girl the fallowing day and she said we talked for about 30 mins and I never drank anything there, and a few days later a couple called me over to see how I was doing as they met me that night as well…I don’t even remember talking with them, they said I never drank with them either. I was found by security at 11:45 pm swimming in the ocean in front of our beach naked !…they could not find my clothes or purse anywhere…I filled a complaint with the hotel and still have the records, but they did nothing about it. I’m just very glad that a decent security guy found me and wrapped a towel around me and took me to my room, I could’ve been raped or killed or drowned.
- In a scam that has being doing the rounds for some years, a Mexican expat returning home for the holidays from the United States was drugged and robbed aboard a bus en route from the Guadalajara Airport to the Central Camionera Vieja (old bus
station) in the city center. As the journey got underway, Eduardo Cruz, 56, from Bakersfield, California, was offered a drink of orange juice from a fellow traveler, with whom he had gotten into a conversation. At the bus station, Cruz began to feel dizzy but he put that down to tiredness from the long journey. The next thing he knew was waking up in the Green Cross clinic located next to the Central Vieja. To his horror, he was missing all his luggage and $2,000 dollars in cash.