A new variation on the familiar “mustard” scam was at work in Ajijic on a recent weekend. A pair of ladies, longtime lakeside residents, entered La Nueva Posada for lunch and paused at the registration desk to greet the founder, Judy Eager. As they chatted, two couples entered the hotel and were walking toward the restaurant when they stopped to tell one of the Ajijic ladies that she had blood on her skirt.
While their male companions hovered in the entry, the two unknown women escorted the local lady to the rest room to “help.” The Ajijic woman placed her sunglasses on top of her tightly zipped purse on the sink counter. In minutes she discovered that the substance on her clothing was red jam. She thanked the women for their help and they left the restroom first, joined their companions, and were last seen walking north and then turning west onto 16 de septiembre.