Anonymous Letter To BFP Outlines Concerns With Contest
The letter below is published exactly as we received it from an anonymous source with a Hotmail address. Like all such information, it is entirely suspect unless other sources provide the same information – and even then it might be false. Or a setup. Or someone out for revenge against an individual or a business.
So… let’s look at this letter as it is. Total rumour, unattributed, possibly all malicious lies.
That said, let’s tap into our readers’ knowledge to consider two questions…
1/ Is there anything in this letter that can be verified?
2/ Are there any indications that the Digicel Fugitive contest was rigged?
We also invite Digicel to have a look at the information and, if they choose, we will print their reply here – totally unedited.
Update: I see an article about the contest in the Barbados Advocate and Digicel seems to be acknowledging that some persons identified the Digicel Fugitive before the contest winner – but did not use the correct words needed to win the contest. (link here – but copy the article if you want to refer to it again because the Barbados Advocate habitually erases history)
So what do we all make of this…
Completely Beyond Comprehension
This is what bounty hunters have described the recent competition sponsored by Digicel. and Starcom Network after the scam was uncovered.
It appears that some people had the answers to the clues long before the clues were aired on radio and sent to phones. This meant that while the majority of the Barbadian public had to pay 30 cents to get the clues delivered to their phones which in the majority of instances were very late in coming through, others had them long in advance. So others were at a great disadvantage in catching the fugitive.
This was confirmed by Tamisha Greaves who spoke out in anger on Saturday 17 at the finals of the competition after asking the “fugitive” about four times and being not answered and finally told no, to realize afterwards that he was actually the fugitive. Many other people confirmed that the fugitive was asked the question” Are you the Digicel fugitive” to be told “no”. Afterwards it was announced that the fugitive was caught by a chap who was in conversation with the Digicel monitors. This lady had inside information. For example she knew of the committee that was in place in 2005 to determine the fugitive as well as the clothes that the fugitive would be wearing.
It is believed that the reports were accurate about the answers being disclosed beforehand because the writer of this article was told by someone about 9:00 am on the same Saturday that the answer for the 12:00 pm clue would be James Street. This answer was confirmed later on the radio. Tamisha also confirmed that she got all the answers before and labeled herself “early edition”.
Another reason why the reports were true is because some of the winners were on the site to some very difficult clues. For example, “scat to a hundred” which was at Ellerton. Not many people would have known that scat had something to do with Jazz and that Ella Fitzgerald made it popular and the hundred to mean “ton”. Along with the $4000 at this nabbing, this person also won $8,500 in 2005 after nabbing the fugitive at the Harrison Cave following a conversation with her boyfriend. She also nabbed the fugitive in front the Nation on Fontebelle for about $3,000. Isn’t it convenient that she just happen to be there at that time? She had the answer all along.
Her boyfriend also won in George St, Belleville after walking with her and decided to go over and chat with a lady in black and being told by his girlfriend that the clue came through. He subsequently asked the lady if she was the fugitive winning $4500. Can you actually believe the nonsense that was said? Go to http://www.vob929.com, click on the fugitive and listen to all of them. (ed: link here)
The chap that won $3,000 at Pebbles Beach also had a cock and bull story by saying that he was listening to a conversation and saw this lady looking fishy and decided to ask her. Another person said that he asked her first and she did not answered but ducked into the water. He again won at the Gym with another difficult question of 16, 36 and 9 with $8,500. Who would think that that had something to do with the calypso semifinals? Another person said that he asked her first and the fugitive did not answer but she did so to this same winner. Afterwards the interpreter said that she could not understand English. How come she can understand English for the second person that asked her but not the first?
This same winner was seen picking up a woman who was thought to be the fugitive in Windward on February 16 at 4:00 pm after denying that she was it. She was the only person on that long stretch of road at the bus stop and yet still she does not live up there. Driving around behind the vehicles with the monitors was the chap that actually won on Saturday 17 at 8:00 am. He could not approach the woman in Windward because of tail on him and the other person who stayed with the lady so that no one else could. He was waiting long before Trimart opened and while the fugitive had the trolley, he asked her and he won $15,000. He never caught her in front the statue as he said he had.
Tamisha Greaves also noted that she was in place at East Coast Road before 5:00am on February 7 at 8:00 am to nab the fugitive but it was deposited away from the area. She also disclosed that the person that actually won was in conservation with the monitor before approaching the fugitive winning $5500.
There are also instances of the fugitive being picked up long before the half hour was up especially in Roebuck Street and not even being in the designated area or totally outside the area. There was none in Weston not James Street among others. It was said that the monitor receives $1000 each time that the fugitive is not won.
It makes you wonder who was in the scam. Was it Digicel? Was the money going back into the coffers? Fay Gill said that the monitors confirmed that the winner in Sheraton was the first person to pose the question. If she is saying that the three monitors said that Goddard was the first person to ask the question, she probably does not know or pretending not to know but the monitors were all telling lies. Does Ronnie Clarke know what is going on? Does the management of Starcom Network know what is going on? Do they know that the answers are leaked long beforehand? I need some answers because it was a waste of money, time and energy trying to catch the fugitive. If the money is calculated one can see that over $46,000 was shared among the monitors and their friends with the inside informers sharing $8,500 along with they friends that they leaked the information to. The other winners sound legitimate.