Long after we had gone back to the boat from the Talk Like A Pirate Party the other day, a few die-hard pirates stayed on, dancing and drinking into the night. Apparently, there was a bit of an altercation during those wee hours.
It seems that one of the pirates (cruisers) got fresh with Irena, Alan’s wife. In case you don’t remember, Alan is the employee of Wild Loreto that reminded me of my cousin Larry.
The story I’m told is that Alan tried diplomacy several times to get the cruiser to quit disrespecting his wife but to no avail. Finally they decided to go down to the beach to settle things. Only Alan came back. The cruiser was taking a “nap”. Everyone present, I’m told, agreed that the cruiser certainly had it coming. I’ve also been told that even the cruiser now agrees with that.
However, Alan’s boss got wind of it and Alan received a 2-day unpaid suspension as a result. Now we’re hearing that his boss is thinking seriously about firing Alan. This is a guy who is a great asset to the organization. He’s incredibly personable and helpful. Further, if we hadn’t been having a party there, Alan and Irena would have been home instead of spending the night at the palapa for NO extra pay helping a bunch of gringo yachties have a good time. If he does get fired, he, his wife and his twin 2-year-old boys will likely have to move in order to find another job. A damn shame!
We cruisers, and tourists in general, need to remember how our actions may affect the local folks. The cruiser in question may feel remorse but that won’t get Alan’s job back. We’re really hoping that management will do the right thing, maybe suspend Alan for a few more days or something, but not fire him. If he is fired, Judy from s/v Wind Raven suggested that the least this cruising community could do would be to pass the hat to help with moving expenses. I hope it doesn’t come to that but, if it does, I really hope the community steps up.