Palma Verde, Costa Rica (IP) - The government of Costa Rica has established a three tiered system which allows the foreign tourist various levels of safety and security. The amount of crime being committed against tourists in Costa Rica has been on a steady increase for years and now the tourist has been given a choice as to how safe he or she can be.
The first level of security and the highest allows the American tourist to stay in American hotels and visit sites guaranteed to make him feel at home - sites like MacDonalds, Holiday Inn, The Gap, and other American owned facilities. He is transported around the resort areas in small tour buses.
The second level allows the tourist to see and visit the nearby Costa Rican countryside and the tourist is made aware of the dangers and risk of being robbed or raped.
The third level takes the American tourists to sites where he is robbed by thieves in a controlled environment where the tourist hands over his money to the banditos and in return he does not get beaten with clubs or other items. This all takes place under the watchful eyes of government referees who do not allow the situation to get out of hand. Under this plan the gringo tourisata, as they are known in the Costa Rican countryside, can then leave most of his valuables in his hotel safe and only carry with him that which he can afford or is willing to to lose.
This three tiered system was developed by the Costa Rican Government Agency for Tourism which in turn works under the Costa Rican Department of the Interior in order to facilitate the American tourists enjoyment of the countryside and balancing that against the safety of the Costa Rican underclass.
One mugger from the Costa Rican underclass was killed a while back by a 70 year old American tourist during an attempt to rob the tourist. The American senior citizen killed the local robber with his bare hands. There was an outcry by the Costa Rican public and now the government has stepped in with the three tiered plan to protect both sides while at the same time avoid bad publicity and PR.