Pistoleros run the show

There are roving bands of armed thieves everywhere, and the police are unwilling and/or uncapable of stopping it. Thus, the law-abiding sectors of society are forced to live behind bars, concertina wire and armed guards, while the criminals run free in the streets. (once I figure out how to post pics and such, I’ll show you what my neighborhood looks like). 

What to do? The local police department claimed a few days ago that most street robberies are due to “carelessness” (literally, descuido) by the pedestrians. Carelessness seems to be defined as having the incredibly poor judgement to walk on the streets, to own a cell phone and think you can use it in public, to have the gall to answer the door when someone rings the bell. 

Sadly, the descuido stems from the government’s lack of attention on this issue. Every day more foreigners are robbed, returning to their home countries with tales of marauding pirates aboard motorcycles, and the illiterate cops who do not even write down their reports. And once foreign investment and tourism leave Costa Rica for good, this place will turn into Honduras: a barren, impoverished wasteland governed by gangs. 

With all the environmental protection laws Costa Rica has enacted, which have benefitted the country (and the world) enormously, government officials are letting the country rot from within. And eventually all hollow trees fall.

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