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Going To Puerto Rico (good or bad idea?)

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by MartysW0RLD, Sep 12, 2015.

  1. MartysW0RLD

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    So I never hear anything about Puerto Rico regarding IMers living there. It's easy as pie to get into as a US citizen, anywhere besides San Juan is basically dirt cheap. Americanized so it's not that big of a culture shock, there's medicinal marijuana, good weather, I hear there's no tax on money made there, cute girls, sounds too good to be true, what am I missing? I recently had the crazy idea to go hang out there for the winter, and save money like a boss, while paying like $300 rent :cool:.

    I speak fluent Spanish so I don't think it'll be too difficult, anyone who's been there, or currently staying there got any stories?
     
  2. itsromanorc

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    Not from Puerto Rico but it's usually the area in the country that is different like crime rate is high in one city and the other city isn't too bad. So it's good you did your research with regards to culture etc.

    I would say just go on like a vacation or something before actually deciding to relocate there at least you'll get a feel of the place.

    Beautiful ladies? That's some good motivation to move ;)
     
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    Yeah a lot of the tourist spots in less developed countries are higher in price, and crime! Good advice though I'll definitely give it a mini run before buying anything over there, can never go wrong with some beautiful ladies.
     
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    Does it mean tax free totally or is it tax free for the $100,000 limit like when a U.S. citizen moves to another country, not a U.S. territory.
     
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    Say hello to the Chupacabras
     
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    Had a friend from high school from there, he loves the place! I guess it's different when you grow up there, though. The main advice would be advice that applies to any country with high amounts of tourists:
    - Avoid tourist areas at night (pickpockets and scam artists love going after tourists at night, especially if you're near a bar)
    - Do your regular shopping away from tourist areas so you can avoid price gouging
    - Make friends with the locals by visiting more out of the way areas--learn what you can from them about what to avoid, where to shop, etc.
     
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    Yes I've been there. Would never move there. They've been in a recession since 2006. Their unemployment rate is really high and all their living expenses (especially electricity) are soaring through the roof. One of the worst things I can say is their poverty rate is 41% compared to US's 14%.

    Now statistics are all fine and dandy. But I think what really fucked my perspective was seeing a man (looked like a tourist) get mugged my FIRST DAY THERE. In the middle of a crowded sidewalk. There were people everywhere, not 1 person yelled or shouted for help. There was a complete indifference to the fact a crime was being committed in broad daylight. As in, people walking right around the guy like it was no big deal. It could have been the DOR effect (diffusion of responsibility in public settings). But when I see shit go down where I live people at least watch or stop what they're doing. What I saw was just cold indifference.

    So naturally after that I start watching the bodylanguage of everyone around me. I changed up my walk. Puffed my chest out, widened my shoulders, raised my chin... basically started "flex walkin" like a juicehead. Then I decide it's time to catch a bus to the other side of town. I get on the bus and every female is holding their pocket book with 2 hands locked against their lap (none of them saw the mugging). I've seen women do this in NY subways but it's different. They don't sit so defensively. Some hold their pocket book loosely with 1 hand. Others just keep it on their lap wrapped around their shoulder while playing on their iphone. These PR women weren't like that. They looked almost militarized. All sitting the same exact way. Legs closed, 1 strap around shoulder, 2 hands on every pocket book. Everytime the buses stopped all the women clenched their bags super tight till the door closed.

    It was subtle things like this that made me think PR is not safe. I walked through some casino and got approached by like 3 different people in 5 minutes. They were all holding out rolls of quarters asking if I needed change. But none of them were dressed like they worked there. So I go to security and ask, "why do you have people offering quarters if you have machines?" The guy was rude and said, "they don't work here, just ignore them". Then I asked a local and the lady said if I pull out my wallet they will grab it, bolt out the casino and are very hard to catch. I thought she was joking, turned to a couple and they said, "she's serious, they will rob you".

    At which point I was like WTF and left that casino immediately.

    I should clarify, not all of PR was like this. The beaches are unbelievably beautiful. Our resort was also beautiful. And the atmosphere was completely different. But anytime we went shopping in more urban areas I did not feel safe. I also don't remember seeing police cars anywhere which was weird. As for the women, they're alright. Nice and tan. Some juicy bootys. But I really wasn't impressed by much of anything about Puerto Rico. If I really had a strong need to uproot my life and go live somewhere warm, it would be Florida. Not PR.

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    But it is getting better in PR.

    http://www.latinpost.com/articles/25424/20141107/puerto-rico-news-murder-rate-down-2014-bring-commonwealth-lowest.htm
     
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    Damn that's a crazy story, seems pretty rugged over there. What part of P.R where you in?
     
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    I had to look it up lol, my parents scared me as a kid about Chupacabras.