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[TWO DOZEN] Carnival Splendor Passengers Robbed At Gunpoint [IN MEXICO] Back In SoCal
CBS) ^ | February 26, 2012 10:08 AM | Kristine Lazar

Posted on 02/26/2012 4:04:25 PM PST by BenLurkin

LONG BEACH (CBS) — Nearly two dozen passengers aboard the Carnival Splendor are back in the Southland Sunday after being robbed at gunpoint during their seven-day voyage in the Mexican Riviera.

The cruise line pulled into the Port of Long Beach around 5:30 a.m.

As they disembarked from ship, passengers talked with CBS2’s Kristine Lazar about last week’s incident.

Passenger Ladean Hilgenberg described to Lazar in detail another tourist’s account of the ordeal.

“One had a mask on hanging over his head and he said, ‘you see my automatic gun’ and a knife in his belt and he said it in Spanish. He wanted everything he had.

“One fellow pulled his money out of his wallet and he said, ‘no, I want everything… backpacks and all.’ And he raised his gun up. And they dropped everything — backpacks, everything.”

Hilgenberg, who was not robbed, said she was told the ordeal took “three minutes or less.”

Other passengers told Lazar they don’t plan to return to the Mexican Riviera by cruise and one man said he planned to cancel two future cruises.

On Thursday, 22 passengers were on a bus returning to ship after a guided nature trail excursion in Puerto Vallarta when a gang of masked assailants stopped the bus, according to Mexican media reports.

The armed robbers made off with the passengers’ valuables, including money, jewelry, cameras and passports. No one was hurt.

In a statement, Carnival called the incident “unfortunate and disturbing” and said it is working to reimburse for their lost valuables.

Meantime, CBS Travel Editor Peter Greenberg tells us this is an isolated incident. According to him, this kind of violence is normally not seen against Americans in the Mexican Riviera


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: americansrobbed; crime; gunpoint; mexico
Who in their right mind would be going to Mexico on vacation? It's not worth the risks.
1 posted on 02/26/2012 4:04:29 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

UNFORTUNATE & DISTURBING????

That gets today’s award for understatement!!!


2 posted on 02/26/2012 4:06:27 PM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: BenLurkin

If you’d “been lurkin,” you’d might have seen this. :-)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2851222/posts


3 posted on 02/26/2012 4:07:13 PM PST by Larry Lucido (My doctor told me to curtail my Walpoling activities.)
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To: BenLurkin

This was orchestrated and the bus driver was probably in on it. No one will be arrested or prosecuted. Stupid Americans waking right in to a setup


4 posted on 02/26/2012 4:11:19 PM PST by Figment
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To: BenLurkin
This is funny.

The BlissNinny BabyBoomer Democrats head off to Me-he-co expecting to see Campesinos in sarapes strumming their guitaras leaning against the wall, Poor Pedro the Poverty Stricken Mexican happy to get a few crumbs from the Wealthy and Generous Gringos.

Pedro of course ain't like that. He's got a Kalashnikov and he intends to use it - what he can't make, he gonna take!

So hand over the dinero, Guero. Or die.

5 posted on 02/26/2012 4:12:36 PM PST by Regulator
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To: Larry Lucido

Yes...er...ahem...oops.


6 posted on 02/26/2012 4:13:12 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Know a guy with a surfing school who’d been going down there for DECADS —real outspoken about how SAFE it was, even when it was getting pretty dangerous.

They pulled their big van over, robbed them, then raped his GF —in front of him. And made sure she saw that he was being made to watch it.

Think he went down there EVER again?


7 posted on 02/26/2012 4:14:59 PM PST by gaijin
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To: gaijin

A business pal has a time share in PV.
I warned him that it was a stupid investment.

He did it anyway.


8 posted on 02/26/2012 4:17:07 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Beware the Sweater Vest)
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To: BenLurkin

Eh, your post was a bit more informative anyway. :-)


9 posted on 02/26/2012 4:24:54 PM PST by Larry Lucido (My doctor told me to curtail my Walpoling activities.)
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To: BenLurkin

No sympathy here. Never go to Mexico.


10 posted on 02/26/2012 4:25:20 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it. (plagiarized))
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To: BenLurkin

Why must we go to internet sites such as Free Republic to find this out?

Could it be that the MSM / Google and their colleagues in crime prefer covering up any news on crime against citizens, whether it be in Mexico or elsewhere as determined by their sponsors.

Marketing has become the corrupt common denominator in our society because it makes money for the few while screwing most.

I no longer trust most aspects of our society and politics because they are corrupt, bought, and owned, and it should not be. Most of us understand ethics.


11 posted on 02/26/2012 4:29:27 PM PST by apoliticalone (Honest govt. that operates in the interest of US sovereignty and the people, not global $$$)
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To: apoliticalone

This was reported over most of the civilized world. Pretty hard to have missed it...


12 posted on 02/26/2012 4:37:01 PM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: BenLurkin

“Never get out of the boat, absolutely god damn right. Unless you were going all the way.”

Martin Sheen in “Apocalypse Now”


13 posted on 02/26/2012 4:44:04 PM PST by Dogbert41 ("...or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. " -Jesus)
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To: BenLurkin

Time to put Mexico on the forbidden country list. When the Yankee tourist dollars dry up the citizenry will fix it like the Jamaicans fixed their problem back in the 80s.


14 posted on 02/26/2012 4:49:16 PM PST by Harley (Will Rogers never met Harry Reid.)
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To: BenLurkin
Meantime, CBS Travel Editor Peter Greenberg tells us this is an isolated incident.

He must be kin to that mayor in Amityville who said it was safe to go back in the water.

15 posted on 02/26/2012 4:51:47 PM PST by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: BenLurkin

Some people excel at stupid, you might even say that they have a PHD in stupid. And as the world economy slides down the tubes (you can ignore what the MSM says, they are employees of the Food Stamp President’s re-election team), it will only get worse.


16 posted on 02/26/2012 4:55:19 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: Figment
This was orchestrated and the bus driver was probably in on it.

Not to mention the police.

17 posted on 02/26/2012 4:56:24 PM PST by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: BenLurkin

I walked into TJ (Tijuana, Mexico) a few years ago for shopping, not wanting to confront wild Mexican drivers and traffic. While in a shop a crusading Mexican reporter was filled full of holes in a car parked out front. His children were present but fortunately their lives were spared, but not their psyches.


18 posted on 02/26/2012 5:01:41 PM PST by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: apoliticalone
Just go to Blog del Narco and it tells where most of the crimes are daily with graphic pictures. It is an unofficial news site due to the News reporters are killed or threatened daily by the drug gangs.
19 posted on 02/26/2012 5:21:09 PM PST by bdfromlv (Leavenworth hard time)
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To: Navy Patriot

“No sympathy here. Never go to Mexico.”

Yeah, just wait a couple more years and all of Mexico will be here so there will be nothing there to cause you any harm. Here, now that’s another problem.


20 posted on 02/26/2012 5:44:16 PM PST by vette6387
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To: BenLurkin

” Who in their right mind would be going to Mexico on vacation? It’s not worth the risks. “

There are still mindless Americans out there, oblivious to anything but their pleasure, and the cash on hand to promulgate that pleasure for the “Mexican Riviera”. Gag. Honestly, they are blessed their throats weren’t cut!


21 posted on 02/26/2012 6:19:22 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt knows where all the bodies are buried, because he buried them.)
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To: jjotto; apoliticalone

“This was reported over most of the civilized world. Pretty hard to have missed it...”
—— ——

I quite missed it also, but then I don’t watch FAUX, CNN.
Coverage all over the world, my foot.


22 posted on 02/26/2012 6:23:11 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt knows where all the bodies are buried, because he buried them.)
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To: RitaOK

Just on FR the same story has been posted from CNN, MSNBC and CBS. It got wide coverage in Canada and the UK as well.


23 posted on 02/26/2012 6:26:31 PM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: BenLurkin

My husband and I are taking a cruise to the Mexican Riviera on the Disney Wonder in November. We are thinking of just staying on the ship. Scarry!


24 posted on 02/26/2012 6:33:53 PM PST by sissyjane (I'm For NEWT!)
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To: BenLurkin

!


25 posted on 02/26/2012 7:56:02 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (Simple: Kill the terrorists, Protect (all) the borders, ridicule all the (surviving) Liberals :^)
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