The Washington Post, 5/9/2013
The arrogant among Mexico’s well-heeled got a sharp rebuke Thursday, when two women who crashed in a Porsche and injured a pedestrian were hauled off to jail while threatening police and proclaiming their political connections after what authorities said appeared to be an all-night drinking spree. Federal authorities, meanwhile, suspended four officials in the country’s consumer protection agency for allegedly punishing a restaurant that had angered the daughter of the agency’s chief prosecutor last month.
Mexicans have long complained about such behavior, but social media have made it easier to document and ridicule people involved, as happened with both incidents, and tolerance for such behavior has dropped. Police officers, who get little pay and less respect, often bear the brunt of the arrogant, and traffic stops involving politicians’ relatives can end with the threatening phrase, “You don’t know who you’re messing with.”