'El Chapo' Guzmán Update: Restaurants In Sinaloa Miss Drug Lord's Generous Tips

Culiacán restaurants miss 'El Chapo' Guzmán's generous tips. Yulia Grigoryeva/Shutterstock

Mexico's notorious and most wanted drug lord "El Chapo" Guzmán (né Joaquín Guzmán Loera) was arrested last month in Mazatlán, Mexico after dodging Mexican and U.S. authorities for over 13 years. And while both the United States and Mexico are thrilled at nabbing the the leader of the $1 billion Sinaloa Drug Cartel -- Guzmán had a $5 million bounty on his head by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency -- there are some who actually miss the drug lord. And no, it's not his cartel.

Restaurants in Sinaloa reportedly miss Guzmán, or rather, his generous tips. According to local restaurants in Culiacán, Guzmán was known for his tips of 10,000 pesos ($753 dollars, at 13 pesos to the dollar). One employee even went on record to tell local media outlets that Guzmán never had any eccentric or demanding requests, but did want his food to be cool. The restaurant employees also revealed that Guzmán preferred to eat seafood and grilled meat.

The bodyguards of Guzmán -- the leader of one of the oldest, richest, and most powerful drug cartel's in Mexico -- used to notify restaurants that "el jefe" ("the boss") would be coming and mandated that diners not use their cell phones. In return, Guzmán would pay the bill of all the diners in the restaurants. In fact, one documented incident chronicles Guzmán and 15 men walking into a private dining room at Las Palmas restaurant in Colonia Las Quintas, greeting patrons along the way.

“Gentlemen, please. Give me a moment of your time," said the bodyguard, according to The Border Report. "A man is going to come in, the boss. We ask that you remain in your seats; the doors will close and nobody is allowed to leave. You will also not be allowed to use your cellulars. Do not worry; if you do everything that is asked of you, nothing will happen. Continue eating and don’t ask for your check. The boss will pay. Thank you.”

While Guzmán may be a generous tipper, it is said that the drug lord is responsible for at least 62 drug tunnels between the U.S.-Mexico border, transports around 4,000 pounds of cocaine to Chicago every month, and is said to be responsible for over 10,000 deaths.

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Susmita Baral

Susmita Baral joined Latin Times in April 2013. Her work has been published in VICE, Weight Watchers Magazine, Unique Homes Magazine, US Airways Magazine, Vista Magazine, Daily Glow and Kaplan. She holds a B.A. Psychology from Rutgers University. A self-proclaimed foodie, Susmita is a freelance list maker, part-time Shaq devotee, and a full-time eyeliner junkie who believes mac and cheese is a birthright.