My son 's hair in Mexico...?

Jun 22nd, 2005, 10:41 AM
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My son 's hair in Mexico...?

My teenage son is going to Mexico with his father. My son's hair just touches his shoulders and his father says, for security reasons, he needs to cut it.
Will my son be harassed by authorities because his hair is long? His father said my son could be a likely target for being planted with drugs.
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Jun 22nd, 2005, 10:52 AM
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this is a new one to me. My teen son has longish hair and hasn't ever been harassed.
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Jun 22nd, 2005, 11:00 AM
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Thanks Frankie...hmmm..I think it's a ploy to get my son to cut his hair.
I am interested in anything anyone has to say on this.
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Jun 22nd, 2005, 11:56 AM
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Sorry Dad, that dog cain't hunt!

There are all kinds of tourists in Mexico. One long-haired teenager will not turn heads.

I'm not sure where you are going but if it is an on-the-beaten-path tourist destination, planting drugs on teenagers is not likely an issue -LOL.

Nice try though, Pops.
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Jun 22nd, 2005, 12:08 PM
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huh?
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Jun 22nd, 2005, 12:10 PM
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I try to present a very boring, middle of the road persona when I go through customs, security, etc.

I'll tell you this story: In 1988, my husband and I went to Paris. My husband decided not to shave about the last 4 or 5 days of our trip, so upon our return to the country, he looked a bit "scruffy." He got a lot more questions at customs/security than I did, and a lot more questions than when we were entering France. The only thing we could attribute it to was his scruffy appearance.

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Jun 22nd, 2005, 12:40 PM
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Suze, they are going to Playa Los Cocos, about 2 hours north of Puerto Vallarta.

"Huh?" is just what I said.
If he does get any trouble from anyone, it will be a good story to tell his friends. And if it gets too bad, he can get a haircut there.
Missypie, My 12 year old son is going too, and has just a slight mustache coming in. I'll tell their Dad your story. He will probably want him to shave. LOL

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Jun 22nd, 2005, 01:01 PM
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Well then, that happens to be my neck of the woods exactly... I've been thru PVR (the Puerto Vallarta airport) 30 times in the past dozen years (i.e., 15 trips). I have NEVER seen anyone hassled for anything (excepting by the timeshare sales people, but I think your teenage soon will be safe from them ;-)
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Jun 22nd, 2005, 01:04 PM
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'son' not soon

my laughter is effecting my typing!
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Jun 22nd, 2005, 01:46 PM
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Thought you might like to know that my son told his dad about this thread and now dad says, "O.K. no haircut".
Hurray!! Fodorites saved the day!
Thank You!!
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Jun 22nd, 2005, 02:13 PM
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good try, Dad! I'm just glad when my son shaves !
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Jun 22nd, 2005, 03:11 PM
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I am honored to be of assistance. And seriously, the Puerto Vallarta area is one of my favorite spots in the world. I hope they all have a great time.
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Jun 22nd, 2005, 07:41 PM
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Crossing the border once, my buddy was approached and was asked to be a mule. I knew exactly what the guy was talking about and told him "NO" before my friend could grasp the guy's intentions. He was fierce!

Regarding the original pretense : There are bald men that are equally qualified targets. I would suggest that Dad work on the tattoo/pierce thing. You can change hairstyles much more easily than tattoos.
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Jun 23rd, 2005, 07:47 AM
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Oh my.....Dad is bald and has a tattoo.
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Jun 23rd, 2005, 08:19 AM
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Fourteen years ago I returned from Schipol to DFW (I lived in Dallas and was a licensed TX physician) wearing a blazer and tie. I was sequestered and questioned about drugs and everything was searched including my wallet. My older son was once stripped searched leaving DFW for Rome. The profile changes periodically (we were suspected drug and currency mules).
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Jun 23rd, 2005, 02:59 PM
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I dunno mikemo, I've read a lot of your posts here in the past. I'm not sure I'd put ANYTHING past a guy like you! You sound like a mighty suspicious character to me...
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Jun 24th, 2005, 10:59 AM
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Hi Mark,
That's how and why I deal with the Mexican business community - we all think alike.
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