Sunday, July 27, 2008

Hanging shoes out to dry

Photo taken in La Planeta neighborhood of San Pedro Sula

Brother in law: You should stay off the street one block up from here. There are a lot of mareros on that street.
Me: Oh, you mean the street with all the shoes hanging on the power lines?
Brother in law: Yeah, that one.
Me: Oh, I know that one. We walked down it and I took pictures.

I tried to convince my husband that shoes hanging on lines can mean various things. After doing some research later I found there is no definitive reason, but it is generally thought that some sort of negative activity occurs underneath them. The mister says a lot of times Hondurans just throw them up there for fun. Maybe it is a way of disposing of unwanted old shoes :)

3 comments:

glorv1 said...

I hear tell that hanging shoes on an overhead wire is usually a sign that drugs are being sold in and or about the specific are.

Jacinta Mucosa said...

That is usually what I hear as well. Although according to Snopes it can mean many things or maybe nothing at all.

http://www.snopes.com/crime/gangs/sneakers.asp

Kathie said...

Shoes hanging from the power lines seems to be very common in Central America.
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