My wife and i just got back to our hotel. She is still crying. Our visit there absolutely destroyed an
Otherwise great day, and perhaps the entire vacation. we are not whiners. we are not complainers. We are open-minded, we like unique experiences and off the beaten path adventures.
this is not about food or beers or prices or quirkiness. This is about physical assualt and right and wrong.
our first infraction was that my wife had a half-consumed water bottle in her bag and took a couple sips... AFTER we had already ordered and received a beer, tostados and a mango marguerita... seeing this the owner sternly blurted, "that is not from here. that is not from this restuarant!" At that point we took note of his weirdness and decided we would pay and leave.
Second infraction: Being an art gallery that presumably sells art, we made the mistake of thinking they took credit cards. When bill time came, we were short on pesos. Normally, this would merely be an embarassing inconvenience. Not with this psycho santa claus. He refused any good faith gestures and i was not about to leave collateral with him. Thinking there could be no harm with lots of customers around, i had my wife stay there while i went to get cash. I had to drive north to find pesos on a sunday afternoon. All the ATM's were of course drained of cash. I had to drive all the way back to My hotel in Todos Santos to get cash.
when I returned 40 minutes later, my wife was standing out front with a frown and i knew this was trouble. We paid the wife of the psycho owner and left. My wife was strong under the duress of the situation, but later told me that the owner yelled at her so much that she left and went into the "gallery" to avoid being embarassed in front of the other customers. There, the owner bullied her, shoving his chest into her and cornered her while yelling at her... accusing her of "not repecting family" and having no values. She feared for her life. all so unnecessary.
It's just a matter of time before the owner, prone to angry fits, which will only increase in frequency as his business declines, harms someone beyond repair. Then, maybe, seeing a blemish to tourism (ie: gringo dollars) the authorities will shut him down.
To those who read this and had a better experince, i ask that you not give this place a good rating out of respect for human decency and for those who have suffered the abuses of the owner. I wouldn't want to recommend it to someone only to have those people hurt.... Even if my experience was okay.
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