We just got back from 15 days in Costa Rica, great except for our bookends in San Jose. On our first leg, we went to park on a street with new credit card metered parking (we later found out), but were approached by a man wearing a tattered construction vest who claimed to be a parking attendant, asking for $6 to park and watch our car. The parking only cost $1.50 at the machine. If we had trusted this fellow, who knows if we would have been legally parked.
On our return to San Jose, we were parked T our hotel near the University, but were approached by one of these parking attendants outside a reputable restaurant -- he got in our faces -- offering restaurant advice in Spanish. We later noticed that he had pick pocketed one of our group, taking a camera and binoculars.
Are these guys providing any actual service, or are they just petty criminals on the streets?