Halifax resident Sam Myers is going to need a vacation from her vacation.
The Maritime woman had traveled to Cancun, Mexico by herself earlier this month, and almost immediately things began falling apart. First, Myers fractured her ankle during a bad fall down a set of stairs. But her story gets even worse just days later, when she was recovering at the Grand Oasis resort.
“There was pound, pound, pound, on my door,” said Myers. “I answered the door and there was two females standing there. Behind the two females were two officers, one in army fatigues with a AK-47 on his shoulder, and then the other officer was all in black and it said ‘police’ across his chest.”
The officers and the doctor with them explained that they were visiting to collect payment for medical services Myers received, but she says she had no idea what they were talking about. Myers tried to tell them that they had been sent over without her knowledge, but they kept pressing for the money.
Eventually, she gave in and paid the doctor $300. But they still didn’t leave.
“I paid her, and then I said, ‘I’ve got like 30 minutes to get to the airport, I’ve got to go.’ And both officers said, ‘You’re not leaving,'” she said.
Those same officers then demanded that Myers pay another $300 to each of them, and said if she didn’t, she’d be going to jail. When they allowed Myers to call the Canadian Embassy, their response wasn’t exactly encouraging.
“He said the best advice that I can give you is to pay and get the heck out of Mexico as fast as you can,” she said.
Myers took the embassy’s advice and paid, and was finally able to get to the airport. The only problem was, hours had passed and she missed her flight. Airline staff told her that not only would she need to buy a new ticket, the next flight to Halifax wouldn’t leave for 8 days.
Myers spent the night on the floor of Cancun airport, and just when all seemed lost, she met several members of the Canadian Armed Forces who happened to be on vacation themselves. Once they heard Myers’ story, they helped arrange a flight with them back to Toronto, and even allowed her to stay at their homes until she could get back home.
“Honestly, I don’t think it was anything out of the ordinary,” said Sgt. Natalie Suley, who was among those who helped Myers. “All I thought is if it were me, I would want someone to trust me.”
CTV has reached out to the Mexican police and Global Affairs in Ottawa for more details, but so far their calls have gone unanswered. For more information, check out the video above.