The Cuban Crazy House Story
A true story written 10/2010 and rewritten 02/2016 unedited
Back in October of 1980 the Mariel Boat lift took place.
Fidel Castro had decided to allow anyone who wanted to leave Communist Cuba to leave, it seemed like quite a humanitarian gesture on his part.
However, Castro, being a pretty clever fellow, also emptied out his prisons and Cuba’s mental institutions, allowing everyone to leave Cuba for the United States, all at the same time.
For companies like mine, located in Miami, it was an excellent opportunity for us to hire employees as all the Cubans arriving needed jobs, so our company which was located in Miami took advantage of this unique opportunity to hire a few of them.
Besides from Cubans looking for jobs, many of the refugee’s that arrived in Miami started their own small businesses, and some of them started purchasing automotive parts from us.
One day one of our new Cuban customers came by, and I took him for a walk around our company to acquaint him of what we did. As we walked around I saw that he had focused his eyes on one of our employees.
As he was leaving the customer said to me, “You should be very careful,” I asked why, he said, “When I was in Cuba I once visited the insane asylum which he referred to as the “Casa de Los Loco’s” or crazy house. He said he recognized one of our employee’s named Jorge as being a patient in the insane asylum there.
I told him that we had not had any problems with Jorge, but I appreciated him telling me.
About two days later I was approached by the employee Jorge, who said that he saw me showing a new customer around the company. Jorge said, “I want to warn you, please watch out for him, once when I was in Cuba, I had visited the insane asylum and I recognized that fellow, he was a patient there.”