My wife & I are very easy-going and tend to overlook the unsavory things that can ruin your vacation if you let them. We did enjoy our week in Ochi, but liked walking into town. Every day we did that, the hustlers descended on us.
We developed some coping skills, even paying some of them to leave us in peace (!), but the most upsetting thing to us was when asking directions, the locals insisted on "taking" us to the requested destination in order to be paid, even when it was literally across the street and could have easily been pointed out.
On one occassion, we were led deep into the back corners of the produce market by our guide, at which point other locals showed up and a weaponless attempt at extorting some money from us was attempted. I suppose we were supposed to be frightened & perhaps afraid we would be unable to find our way out safely unless we payed off these thugs. After showing some anger, we were able to leave without any incident, but it was a very unsettling experience.
I don't think being poor justifies this type of behavior, as some will say they are just trying to survive. We did give money to some who simply asked for it. I guess I just don't understand the whole "respect" thing.