Fish Tacos with Manners on the Side

For the last 2 weeks I’ve been wanting to go to Los de Pescado which is my favorite fish taco place in Cancun. So today, after a client meeting, hungry as a horse (well, as a pony) I twisted the already twisted arm of my husbandito and convinced him to meet me there for lunch.

I was nearby the restaurant. He was not. So I needed to wait for him. The place was PACKED, as it always is at lunchtime, so I also needed to wait for a table.

But us white girls are invisible dontcha know…one woman and her two kids pushed right past me and took the next available table, even though I was waiting for it. As I was just getting off my phone with the husbandito who was still 10 minutes away, and as she had two hungry kids, I just let it go.

I stood there waiting for the next table, politely, like a normal person. Then a guy comes along, with HIS two hungry kids, and he literally pushes me out of the way so he can enter the dining area of the restaurant. No tables are empty yet, but one is paying their check. He pushes past me, walks inside and then I hear him tell his kids (in Spanish of course) to run to the table and sit there as soon as the people there leave.

He’s in the restaurant, while I’m waiting by the door. I’m thinking that it’s impolite to enter until a table clears. And he’s going to get my table because I’m hanging back and being polite. And I start to feel the bile rising in my throat. I start getting mad. I start thinking that I’m not sticking up for myself. And then the guy leaves (I assume going back to the car) while his wife enters and begins to help her kids get seated at my table.

Then the waiter comes to me and asks if I’m waiting for a table and when I say that I am he goes and confronts the woman (who has no idea that her husband pushed in front of me). He tells her that I, all by my lonesome, am getting that table that her kids are already sitting at. She starts to argue. He tells her again that I’ve been waiting and that her husband jumped in front of me. She’s resistant (apparently HER husband wouldn’t do THAT).

But then the guy sitting at the next table, who’s been eying me like a piece of meat, jumps in and takes the waiter’s side and tells the woman that yes indeed her hubby was in the wrong and the table was really mine. So now I have two saviors, like it or not, and I get my table. (I did thank both of them, even the gawker.)

The waiter came over immediately and took my order and he brought the food about 1 minute before husbanito showed his face. The tacos were great, as always (though I wish they’d use better tortillas) and the service was quite good (even if some of the patrons were pushy). We enjoyed our meal and left a good tip.

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14 Responses to “Fish Tacos with Manners on the Side”

  1. CancunCanuck
    January 31st, 2009 12:37

    Ugh, I too suffer the curse of being the white girl. And I always kick myself for letting it happen. Lately I don’t, I just pretend that they did it by mistake and politely inform them of their error, that indeed I was waiting and my turn was next, they must not have seen me. This is half the reason I am not blonde anymore, amazing how much service and attitude toward me changed when I went dark.

  2. Cdn Cat
    January 31st, 2009 12:58

    I watched a show on this very type of behavior the other night called “What would you do?”.

    It seems that people are more apt to come to someone’s defence once one person says something to the offending party. It’s nice to know that ther really are alot of people out there that will come forward to say or do something when someone has been victimized.

  3. jonna
    January 31st, 2009 23:52

    That ‘white girl invisible’ thing happens more often to Mimi than me. It might be her age, her long red hair or something else but I think that it could also be that I don’t notice it as much. I get kind of spacey in those situations and don’t pay enough attention.

    I love good fish tacos though, so if you were to post where this place is in Cancun, I’d save it.

  4. jonna
    January 31st, 2009 23:53

    Oops! I just noticed that the name and a link are up there. See what I mean, I’m spacey.

  5. Shawna
    February 3rd, 2009 18:20

    I feel like such a jerk when I finally do say something to a rude line cutter; but if I kept letting people cut in front of me I’d never get anything done!!
    And I’d never get fish tacos.

  6. RiverGirl
    February 3rd, 2009 22:06

    I’m not good about being pushy in these situations. But I don’t let myself sit back and do nothing either. In this case just as I felt I HAD to do something the waiter saved me. And he got a good tip for doing so.

    February 4th, 2009 10:22

    Now why would a guy in a fish taco place eye you like a piece of meat???? A barracuda? A grouper? Yes.

    You must have looked great!!!! Like a skirt steak, right?

    (I can hear the bullet coming)

    Kim, I just wanted to be able to say I missed the point LOL

  8. RiverGirl
    February 4th, 2009 10:46

    BWAHahahahaha! Thanks for the laugh Joe! I guess I didn’t think about it that way… Actually it was raining at the time, so I was looked like a drowned rat in a skirt.

  9. islagringo
    February 5th, 2009 18:18

    Try being an old gringo man! I’m not going to get involved in the pushy, rude Mexicans argument. But I will say this. I wish I had a good pair of tits.

  10. RiverGirl
    February 5th, 2009 18:32

    HAHAHA! Yes, tits can be very handy sometimes…

  11. Mindy
    February 7th, 2009 11:23

    Yep… I have had this happen a lot. 🙁 Especially at the bank. It drives me insane.

  12. Croft
    February 9th, 2009 18:37

    Thanks for the recommendation Rivergirl. We went there today with our neighbors here in the RV park and the tacos were every bit as good as you said. We ordered two each and got four. A great dinner for only $105 Pesos per couple, including beer!

  13. RiverGirl
    February 9th, 2009 19:52

    Croft – I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Cheap good food is always nice to find.

  14. Stacey
    March 20th, 2009 11:45

    The comments on this blog are hilarious. Thanks, all you, for making my day!

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