Yesterday's "Hate the Yanquis Day" or "Boycott the Gringos Day" or "Whatever Day" wasn't too popular down here. The supposed boycott did not seem to have a big effect in Oaxaca. In fact, due to some noise about the boycott over the past couple of weeks, I expected to see at least a few protesters in front of at least a few of the better known American based businesses. Here is what I saw.
12:00 Noon:I returned to the city from San Martin de Tecajete at 5:30 pm and this is what I saw.
VIPS Restaurant (Wal-Mart) - packed with a waiting line - normal for a holiday
Sam's Club - Parking lot about 2/3 to 3/4 full - normal for a holiday
Burger King Plaza del Valle - parking lot about 1/3 full (2:00 pm is the normal lunchtime down here) - normal for holiday
McDonald's outside Plaza del Valle - parking lot full - normal
KFC - parking lot full - unusual for a holiday at this hour
Pizza Hut - parking lot about 3/4 full - unusual for a holiday at this hour
Chrysler Dealer - closed for the May Day holiday as are Honda, Peugeot, VW and Renault
Ford Dealer - closed for the May Day holiday with two transports full of cars waiting to be unloaded today.
Bodega Aurrera (Wal-Mart) Airport Highway - parking lot about half full (this is a new store and is not too busy on a non-boycott day. I don't know why. The Bodega Aurrera on the Etla Highway is always packed but it's on the other side of the city so I didn't see it yesterday.)
5:30 pmBurger King needs a boycott everyday.
Bodega Aurrera (Wal-Mart) Airport Highway - parking lot still about half full - normal
Pizza Hut - parking lot and restaurant packed - normal
KFC - parking lot and restaurant packed - normal
McDonald's outside Plaza del Valle - parking lot and restaurant packed - normal - this is an exceptionally well run establishment while Burger King, KFC and Pizza Hut are not.
McDonald's inside Plaza del Valle - packed with two lines at the cashiers about 8 people long each - normal
Burger King Plaza del Valle - parking lot and restaurant packed with about a dozen cars parked on the street in front - I saw the same thing yesterday at this hour and this is unusual for Burger King - they are doing more business than normal. ???
Sam's Club - Parking lot overflowing to about two blocks from store - normal
VIPS Restaurant (Wal-Mart) - parking lot full but restaurant only about half full, if that - normal - big restaurant and small parking lot.
All 5 auto dealerships still closed, obviously
UPDATE: I didn't see anything like this.
TAGS: Mexico, Gringo, illegal immigration, boycott