Thousands of Well Used Appliances Free In Barbados
Welcome to Barbados, Sir. Missus. Are you here for the Cricket World Cup? Golf Classic? Perhaps just a little surf, sun and a casual stroll on the island?
Excellent! Happy to have you and your tourist dollars.
Here in Barbados, we have everything to make your vacation enjoyable – Beautiful vistas, excellent food and friendly ordinary folk who will smile and make your stay as perfect as we can.
And… we have something else that you are sure to remember when your friends back home ask about your trip to Barbados. We have something that many folks mention when they go back home …. the world's largest outdoor used appliance store – where everything is free!
You see, many years ago the Government of Barbados decided that if someone dumped an unwanted appliance by the side of the road, it would be a good policy to do nothing about it. Just leave it there. Doan't take any steps to pick up the old rusted refrigerators, washers and cookers and doan't have any enforcement action against those citizens who put the old appliances there.
Oh… and doan't have any reliable scheduled garbage pick-up for such items either – otherwise the citizens won't dump the appliances by de side of de road!
You see – having NO POLICY is actually a Policy in itself. We have a policy of having no policy about turning the island into the world's largest outdoor used appliance store.
So tourists… com'on here to Barbados, and take back home a free refrigerator, cooker or washing machine. It may need a little work… but such a deal!
This Barbados Environment Ministry – Embarrassment Of The Week is a lovely old refrigerator and a couple of bicycles that have been by the side of the road right in the center of Grape Hall… for the past three years!
Now, we are not saying that the people of Grape Hall – or whoever dumped this there – are not to blame. But after a certain number of years and thousands of rusted appliances still sitting by the side of the road in Barbados, it is perhaps time to insist upon some leadership from the Government of Barbados.
Please… Environment Minister Thompson? How about it? How about starting by sending just one truck to Grape Hall to collect the appliances by the side of the road…?
'An if you do that for us in Grape Hall, we won't start talking about what is on the side of the road near your place. Deal?
'An just in case your people doan know how to get to Grape Hall, here is de sign to help them. We know the Environment Ministry doan send their folks there too much…
'An here is what to look for by de side of de main road in Grape Hall…
post by Robert & Shona
photos by Shona