This is a true story that happened a couple of years ago. I saw something while walking around Cozumel that reminded me of it and I thought that some of our readers might enjoy it.
Shortly before moving to Mexico, my wife received a phone call from her mother. Her mother told her she had some concerns about us moving to Mexico because her doctor told her that the terrorist group Isis had a lot of supporters there.
Of course my wife was surprised and a bit puzzled. Although Mexico does have some security concerns in certain parts of the country, we had never heard of the terrorist group Isis being one of them.
My mother-in-law said that her doctor and his wife had gone to Cozumel on vacation a couple of weeks before. He said that he started seeing “Isis” bumper stickers on vehicles all over the island. He was so frightened that he decided to cut his vacation short and book the first flight back to the U.S.
For those readers who live in Cozumel or visit it, you might be able to guess what happened here. For those that don’t, here’s an example of the bumper sticker that sent him fleeing the island:
This is a vehicle rental business on the island that has been operating since 1993. They had the Isis name long before the terrorist organization starting using it.
Just in case you’re wondering, my mother-in-law did educate the good doctor during her next visit. She said that he looked quite embarrassed.
Let’s Wrap This Up
The moral of this story is: when in doubt, ask a local or at least Google it. A quick Google search of “Isis and Cozumel” would have saved his vacation.