I wasn’t robbed today but the girl above was. She was walking with another guy down to the end of the road where our hostel sits and was stopped at the corned by a local with a machete who wanted their money.
Fortunately for them, they both had less than $5 and handed it over and kept walking.
A few minutes after they arrived at the hostel I overheard them telling a group what had happened and stopped to see if they were okay.
Naturally the first question the group had was if they were going to tell the police. The guy quickly responded that he didn’t want trouble so he was going to let it go as it was only a few dollars.
Understandably someone piped up that they should at least notify the hostel owners so others wouldn’t be robbed. He seemed quick to defer all of those questions and said he would tell everyone in the hostel so they were prepared.
He hasn’t. I have been up on the rooftop with a group of 7-10 people all day. Many people come up to sit in the hammocks and read or practice their Spanish. He hasn’t been up once in the last 5 hours.
He isn’t going to tell the police, the hostel owners or the rest of the people in the hostel.
So now here I am in a hostel knowing that I could be robbed again. I have to pass this corner to enter into town and all I’m armed with is the knowledge to stay away from men with machetes.
Thanks irresponsible backpacker couple. Now I know everyone is only looking out for themselves.