Do you accuse other pilgrims of cheating though?
I never have done IIRC, though I would certainly be unhappy with people actually cheating as such
, i.e. travelling along the Camino in a motor vehicle and then taking beds from foot pilgrims who might end up with nowhere to sleep because of such abuses -- but those people are pretty rare, and usually end up being told off by the Hospitaleros
instead of by other pilgrims, who might complain instead of accuse. Back in the 1990s I heard of a few instances of people having their Credencial
confiscated for having done so.
But the rules were a lot stricter in the 90s and earlier ...
And there's been a lot less conflict since the rise of the private albergues
and the establishment of a more touristy parallel network, which can cater for the "tourigrino" & "taxigrino" wants of such people.
OTOH I have on a couple of occasions stood up against some people too seriously accusing others of "cheating" -- I mean, many people may make on-Camino jokes about the "tourigrinos", "taxigrinos", and "busgrinos" and whatnot, but generally in good humour. Problems start when some people start to take these things too seriously, and then get into people's faces.
The fact of being the sort of pilgrim I am, having ticked all
the right boxes that most of those accusing others of "cheating" have not, does put me in a good position to both defend people and simultaneously give those insulting Camino snobs
And I honestly cannot recall a single instance of any pilgrim having walked from home every step of the Way lugging a backpack & sleeping bag, sometimes a tent, and in the process of finishing on the Francès
having such an insulting attitude to those without the wherewithal or the time or the physical capability to do similar as well. One is humbled by those harsher conditions, not turned arrogant by them.
Some former pilgrims having done their Caminos between the 1950s and 1970s can have a somewhat harsher attitude towards all of the creature comforts that are now available, even sometimes people having walked as late as in the 80s or 90s ; but it's mostly some griping against the constantly ongoing touristification than anything else, which is draining to a degree the pilgrimage of its Christian character. Far away from the Francès
, the pilgrims can still be properly engaged with the parish life of the places that we walk through ; this has become a rarity on the Francès
(and increasingly the other major Spanish routes), and it was already mostly so even in the 1990s. Compare with the 1950s, when the Camino was still pretty much entirely pure Catholic.