My partner, James, couldn't board a boat to Yelapa today -- twice -- because one of the guys who sells round-trip tickets to tourists has singled him out for harassment. He followed James out on the pier, wouldn't leave him alone, and at one point said, "for you, the fare is going to be 150 pesos." James felt threatened and decided he'd best leave from Boca.
My understanding of the fare system on the Yelapa water taxis is that folks who live here simply pay on board; the ticket sellers are there as a service to tourists. James was trying to explain this to the ticket harasser, but didn't get anywhere.
I'd like to know if we're wrong about this. Do all gringos officially have to buy an overpriced round-trip ticket, even if they are living here full-time (and in James' case, involved in unpaid apprentice work in Yelapa), and even if they may have to return via Boca due to scheduling constraints? Does one have to flash an FM3 on the pier to be left alone?
Also, I'd like to know what authority governs the Los Muertos pier because I'm considering filing a written complaint. Whatever the situation is, it was totally unacceptible for someone to single out my partner for harassment, no matter how badly he needed the pesos. James is a very gentle, non-confrontational man who does not pick fights. Now he's apprehensive about setting foot at the pier. Not an acceptable situation.