Marchamo Madness

A few months ago, Costa Rica instituted a new law that people illegally parked could be written a ticket. Up until then, a traffic cop could only issue a ticket to the violator if the driver were actually in the car. Now the driver can be penalized even if he is nowhere to be found.
Mind you, the cuidacarros, those helpful gentlemen and ladies whose self-appointed job it is to supposedly beat off thieves with a broomstick and thus safeguard your car, will still assure you that space with a yellow line along it is perfectly fine. Well, if they vouch for it, I guess I’m okay.
When I first came to Costa Rica and would be approached by these guys for their fee after I had

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