Posted by Jack
Radio talk show host George Noory — host of Coast to Coast — had his vacation plans unexpectedly changed into escape plans when the limousine he was supposed to be taking ended up being driven by a would-be kidnapper. Here’s the segment from Noory’s show explaining the incident:
The incident, Noory says, began when a limousine style van picked him up at the airport, purporting to be his transportation to his hotel. On the way, Noory noticed that the van was taking him through a less-than-savory area of Mexico and that the driver was behaving oddly. When Noory tried to exit the van, the door handle broke off in his hand. Only through a real stroke of luck was he able to get away by hailing another car and paying the driver $100 in cash.
Noory’s ordeal has been described by law enforcement officials as an “express kidnapping,” meaning a kidnapping where someone is picked up by a van and driven around to various ATMs, where they are forced to empty their bank accounts at gun point.
Police in Cancun and other tourists sport are also known for fleecing tourists. Get slightly off the beaten path and get stopped and the cops will rob you of your money. Sometimes they force you to an ATM and make a max withdrawl and this is done under threat of arrest or worse. Robbing tourists and kidnapping for ransome is big business in the tourist places. Then there are the regular thugs and cartels, Mexico is a dangerous place for the unwary and sometimes even for professionals in the security business.
Why would you ever want to risk that kind of danger for a cheap vacation?