You know our bias for local market? So this morning, after a really nice chat with a local fisherman and his wife about the differences in Social services in the various countries we all lived in. We made our way to the Wednesday Market here in La Cruz, not to be confused with the Sunday one for the tourists.
If you are interested here is what we learned about social services in México: If you work for a company you pay 10% for un-employment (you need 100 points before you can collect, and it’s not that easy apparently) another 20% for taxes if you make more than 20.000 pesos. If you are an independent worker ie: fisherman, fruit picker etc… You are not in the system and you are pretty much free to do whatever you wish, but you have no coverage for anything. Again a visit to the doctor is 30 pesos, a night at the Hospital with treatment around 1000-2000 pesos. Not that far from France or Canada, except that they don’t forget about you even if you are working in a cash economy. When we explained the concept of 50% taxation for higher revenue, they exclaimed that Mexico is “muy tranquillo” and they love it!
And here is a fact of the day: A concept we had never thought of, inhabitants living in Canada are Canadians, in Mexico they are Mexicans, in Argentine they are Argentineans etc… What about USA? There is no name, simply Americans. But then all inhabitants living on the American continent are Americans, something our host found odd! We could only agree with them.
And do you remember in a previous post; how we wished that La Cruz had “churros”, well last night another miracle happen, there was a stand by the square! Of course we couldn’t resist along with the pot of now rationed Nutella, meaning that only Valerie can spread it. It has been three days and the pot is barely touched! Is it a miracle or what? No, it is pure management of resources.
Below is a picture that could offend sensitive hearts, skip it if you feel it is too much…
And it could be the reason why people go to Costco to buy their meat…
It has now been twice we have witnessed the delivery of beef to the local butcher. Ah… no worries the sun kill all germs and it avoids any risk of contamination. For the traceability, easy just have a look at the head it tell you that this was “Murray”!