A Little Like Deadwood, Without the Cussin'
Trip Start Apr 17, 2001
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North American women take to the streets in dresses with puffy, sometimes blue-coloured hair, while men clad in short pants, often wear long, black socks and white shoes. Those without puffy hair, often wear Tilley-type, pseudo jungle hats. Some of them even bring their pet dogs with them to the beach, where wild mongrels roam freely. Marc, the owner of Marc's Place, apparently got himself into some nasty trouble recently when one of his six hounds of Hades got loose and killed someone's small pet dog
Last week, a shopkeeper in a town south of here, was robbed and suffered a gunshot wound in the fray. Police were called, but never came. Foreign business owners have formed vigilate groups in an attempt to bring thieves to justice. But prisons are filled to capacity so the courts give petty-level crime low priority. Foreign business folk watch their investments deplete as thieves walk free. Recently, criminal culprit beatings by vigilantes has been reported.
Costa Rica is a land with little law and less infrastructure. Over time the ever increasing North American horde, looking down at the sea from their massive hill-side villas and condos will change this. But it will not likely happen in the lifetimes of the ones that are here now.