The other day, when 89-year-old Silvia Thomson, who is from England, went into La Choperia on Calle 56 y 51 with her daughter Sandra, they were told that they couldn’t order from the menu – that only the buffet was available. They were surprised as it was a weekday. Mrs. Thomson eats like a bird. She didn’t want the buffet.
So Sandra ordered the buffet, and took a modest amount of food. The first thing she did was slice off a tiny bit of beef for her mom, and give it to her on a fork.
To their amazement, a waiter rushed over and prevented the older woman from eating. He said that since there were two of them, they had to order two buffets. “You can’t eat that,” he said. “This is not for sharing.”
Mrs. Thomson said she was “extraordinarily surprised” and immediately put down the fork. She and her daughter got up, paid the bill, and left without eating anything.
Mrs. Thomson commented, “I have never been treated that way before in Merida. Perhaps a Mexican establishement would not have behaved that way.” (La Choperia is Brazilian.)
Sandra said that unfortunately, Flavio, the affable owner, was not there or this probably would not have happened. Both she and her mother have been there before. Her mother is a visitor, but Sandra, who owns a guest lodging in Holbox, is a frequent patron.
“I’ll never go there again,” Sandra said. “It was unbelievable.”
According to Mrs. Thomson, there were only two other people in the restaurant at the time. She and her daughter asked the waiter whether he actually wanted them to leave rather than allow a bit of leeway for an older lady. “Those are the rules,” he said.