After driving from Cancun and spending some time in Chichen Itza, we decided to stop somewhere in Piste for lunch. This restaurant appeared to be large and looked fine from the street, and it was very near to the turn off to the toll road to return to Cancun.
We were seated at a large table and were shown the buffet, but instead we opted to order from the menu as we were not starving. We both ordered the barbequed pork tacos along with a couple beers. The food was fine but was nothing spectacular.
Soon after we arrived, the place began to fill up with lots of tour groups coming back from their day at Chichen Itza. During lunch, we were treated to dancers in traditional Mexican costumes, which was entertaining. The total bill came to 285 pesos, and I used my Citibank Mastercard to pay. The waiter took my card to the back of the restaurant and eventually returned it to me with a slip to sign. Nothing unusual at all.
The very next day, I received an email alert from the fraud department at Citibank. My credit card had been used to purchase $80 worth of gasoline, a purchase for $550 in a glass shop in Merida, Mexico, and an attempt to get a cash advance from an ATM for $320. The attempt failed because the incorrect pin code was used, which resulted in alerting the fraud department. I was not liable for the charges, fortunately, and thankfully Citibank detected the fraud quickly and my card was canceled. Of course, this created a huge inconvenience for me when I returned home, having to fix all my automatic payments that were tied to the previous credit card number.
The only place I had used my credit card for the past three days was at this restaurant. It was obvious where the card number was taken from and used. So, a quick lunch at Las Redes tuned into a huge pain in the neck for me because someone working in this restaurant was dishonest. If I were you, I would eat elsewhere.
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