$100 Bills Traveling in Mexico

A little insight into traveling for you guys………..don’t bring $100 bills to Mexico, Belize and Latin America. I was standing in line last night to get some groceries at Mega Store, and there were 2 American older female tourists in front of me and they pulled out a $100 USA bill to pay for their items they bought. The young Latina girl at check out spoke no English, so she shook her head no she could not take a bill that big in American money.in Spanish. Well these 2 women pitched a bitch, started telling the young girl that is all the money they had and they brought $100 bills because they thought Mexico took US money. Well I just stood there waiting, I was wanting to get home to watch the Panthers on MNF and the women went on and on to this young girl. And the funny thing is they only had a bottle of liquor and some snacks, maybe 200 pesos worth, not much, and they still wanted to pay with a $100 bill. This went on and on and these women kept trying to get girl to take $100 bill. So finally I had enough the line was backed up and this went on for about 10 minutes, so I stepped and told the 2 tourists that is was not the young girl’s fault but store policy, and take the receipt to the service desk or ask to speak to a manager because they were not going to get anywhere arguing with the young girl who spoke no English. So they went to the service desk and got out of line and quit holding up the line. I see this all the time here, tourists trying to pay with $100 bills. I have seen tourists at the port come back in a taxi from Mahahual, and try to pay a $4 cab ride with a $100 bill, and are amazed that no one can break it. I mean come on, would you try to pay a cab ride in New City with a $100 bill, no, so why do you think you could in Mexico. There was a older female tourist who started yelling at everyone and was going to report all the transportation people to the cruise lines because they could not cash her $100 bill for a $6 cab ride. So people think before your travel and leave your $100 bills at home, or at least break them down at a bank or money changer before you go into a store or small business here or the general public when you travel. .

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

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