We got on a bus in Mexico City and the driver said we couldn't pay cash. We needed a card that was charged with trips.
We turned to get off and a man hallooed from a few seats back, lifting his card.
The driver said, There you go.
I paid the man for our two trips plus a bit extra for his trouble. He tried to hand back the extra coin. No, no, I said, not a mistake. Gracias.
Would that have happened in Montreal? In Toronto? In Vancouver? I'm naming big cities because Mexico City is big--over 20 million. Maybe someone might have helped two strangers with different coloured skin, but would that person have handed over their transit card for the strangers to use? Hey, what if we'd jumped off the bus and run away with it? Maybe it was a scam?