Do you know who I am? Unfortunately for Andrea Benítez, the daughter of the federal attorney general for consumer protection in Mexico, a lot of people do now. A few weeks ago she went to the Maximo Bistro restaurant in Mexico City and on being unable to get a table for the night she caused a stink by screaming like Violet Elizabeth on bath salts and called in her father’s henchmen to shut the restaurant down.
The restaurant for its part seems to have been beyond repute and the only fault the henchmen could find was that the menu mislabelled the origins of a particular dish. The relatively innocuous offence was enough for Andrea’s father’s agency to shut down the restaurant.
When the other customers in the restaurant saw what was going on they took out their phones, took some pictures and went on Twitter to denounce her actions. Daddy’s little princess couldn’t have foreseen the outcry her actions would have caused in Mexico or surely she would have kept her spoiled mouth shut.
Mexico has long been considered one of the most bureaucratically corrupt countries in the world. Andrea, or Lady Profeco as she has since become known, has become the poster child for abuse of power and corruption in Mexico. Mexicans are sick and tired of the self-entitled greed that the power elite and their families have been getting away with for decades. While one could argue that the crimes of the daughter should not be the responsibility of the father the reality is that his agency’s compliance in Lady Profeco’s tantrum has led to a major public backlash which has devastated the credibility of the agency and highlighted just how corrupt officials in Mexico are.
Lady Profeco may not be getting a table of her choice for a long time. Considering the deeply imbedded corruption in Mexico’s power elites the likelihood is that she isn’t very remorseful, just annoyed that she got caught. Whatever the case, one can be pretty sure her father isn’t too pleased with her and this is the most expensive meal he has ever paid for. Unfortunately for Andrea her father has just been fired because of the public outcry against the furore she caused and the only seat she will be getting any time soon is on the naughty step.