Fair (Latino) Market Value

Maybe it’s a sign that I’m eating too much Mexican candy, but when I go into the Latino Market, the guy who runs the register laughs and reaches for the Bubu Lubus on the counter in the same way a bartender starts to pour a regular’s drink as soon as he walks in the door.

There is just one thing I can’t figure out. There are two cashiers who are there on different days. Both are muy amables – one is a man, the other is a woman – but somehow it seems the price comes out different depending on who checks me out. Either the hombre is giving me a “cute gringa discount” or the mujer is charging me a “stupid gringa tax”.

I’ve never asked either of them. I figure it all balances out.


  1. Hahahaha! Omg, just recently I was going to tweet about the “cute discount”! I went for my favorite sandwich this week and got charged $8.50. Usually the same exact sandwich at the same exact place costs like $4.95…the difference? This time there was a slighty grumpy old man working behind the counter. Usually a much friendlier, younger guy is there and prepares my sandwich. I left wondering if I got overcharged or if I had being receiving the “cute chica discount” all this time! ;) As for your situation, I think it’s both…he gives & she taketh away! haha!

  2. LOL…it is the “cute gringa discount.” BTW, it cuts both ways.

    During my recent trip to El Salvador, the receptionist at this office that I went to apparently took a liking to me. While I was in the lobby waiting for my appt, she gave me candies, offered me a drink, kept checking in with me, all while others would come by and she’d dispatch them rather quickly.

    I had to go back to the same place a few times. On one occasion I went alone. I think I got molested that time. LOL

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