My friends and I went to Tijuana this past weekend. We had a great time at the clubs the first day. We took Uber to bring us around but on Saturday night my phone did not have any reception. We left Hong Kong Gentlemen’s Club at 2009, Calle Coahuila, Zona Nte., 22000 Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.
There are a bunch of taxis waiting on the corner asking if you need a ride. My friends became impatient then asked the taxi driver how much to take us to the US border. The taxi driver said $5 so my friends and I jumped at the deal. He then commanded another guy to take us to the border. We hopped in his car and later saw blue and red lights.
The driver panicked and slowly put his seat belt on. A short chubby, balding cop said something in Spanish and pointed at our seat belts and said we weren’t wearing them. We were in the back seat. The taxi driver then said that he’s going to get a ticket and can’t afford it. He asked us if we could help to pay for the ticket. He then became stressed and was nervous.
The cop then asked my friend to get out of the car and he searched him. My friend came back saying that the cop gave him back his money, so that relieved my worries about him stealing from us because we had a money left over from the strip clubs. I questioned why the taxi driver was allowed to get out of the car when he was searching my other 3 friends.
The other question I had was why the cop didn’t search tghe taxi driver. The cop then asked me to get out and I had about $180 in my wallet, mostly ones, five dollar bills, a few twenties and one fifty dollar bill. I specifically remember not spending the single fifty dollar bill because I did not want to break it. He pulled the money out of my wallet and gave the money to me but checked the wallet.
I think from the moment he took the money out, he asked me if I knew any Spanish and it distracted me for a moment so that he could pocket some cash or the taxi driver standing outside took the money out of my wallet because it was on top of the trunk when I turned around to talk to the cop.
Later the cop let us go and the taxi driver persisted to ask us to help him with the ticket, but I never seen him with the ticket. He then dropped us off at the border. My friend wanted to be safe so he gave the taxi driver $20. We were relieved to get back to the US safely because we heard horror stories about kidnappings and robberies.
Later my friend checked his cash and found out that the cop took $200. I then checked my wallet and I only had one twenty dollar bill, a five dollar bill and the rest in ones. The total he left in my wallet was $50. The cop and taxi drive stole $130 from me, $200 from my friend and another $100 from my other friend. Total stolen was $430. I couldn’t believe it!
Never ride the taxis near a busy area, especially around strip clubs. If you need a ride, please walk down the street and find a taxi driving by or take a shuttle from the strip club. Try walking to an area with better reception. Also, always bring what you plan to spend. Finally, a country where the police are corrupt is a dangerous country to visit. NOT only do you have to worry about the cartels, robberies, kidnapping and crime but you also have to worry about the police that are supposed to protect you to rob you! Mexico is NOT safe!