Friday, April 16, 2010

Drugs Continue to Win Drug War

The government of Mexico recently came up with another sure-fire way to stop the drug trade here: forcing the population at large to register their cellphone with the government.  Cheap, pay-as-you-go cellphones are popular with criminal gangs and - according to an informal survey of the Burro Hall staff - law-abiding gringos who didn't want to go through the hassle of signing some contract with a real cellphone company.  So the idea is that everyone has to text their name and date of birth to a specific number provided by this government agency.  That way, the next time our cell is used in the commission of a crime, the police will know to be on the lookout for a 92-year-old man named Heywood Jablome.  Because, of course, there's no mechanism whatsoever to ensure that any of the information you send is accurate.  Failure to undertake this pointless exercise (which, for the record, we have not, because the text recipient's mailbox is always "full") could cause your cellphone to be cut off.

Not surprisingly, there's an announcement on the government's website reminding people that the "sample serial number" in the instructions is just a sample - we imagine this was prompted by a few million people registering the sample number.  Meanwhile, apparently two million people have registered themselves under the names Carlos Slim or Felipe Calderón.  No word yet on whether any of the "Chapo Guzman"s are actually involved in the narco trade.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You needed the CURC (some official SSN like number) but American citizens can use their passport number.

Calderon is really losing it. He will have to live in some secret location once he's out of office. But he is responsible for so many deaths, that he should go to jail, eventually.