Barbados Free Press Goes On A Trash Hunt At Illegal Dumps
Illegal rubbish piles are everywhere on Barbados, but we were surprised to learn just how foolish some folks are about disposing of their trash and outdated business records. It is one thing to not care about the environment or your fellow citizens – it is quite another situation to dump industrial waste and bags of office garbage in the middle of a cane field…
… Especially if that garbage has the name of your company all over it!
For the last few months Barbados Free Press staff have been patiently visiting illegal dumpsites across the island to photograph and retrieve abandoned garbage.
Did We Find Any Confidential Or Embarrassing Documents Or Business Records?
We sure did… Thousands and thousands of pages – some in pristine condition, and some that were just YUK! Most we photographed and left, but we kept some of the more interesting documents. Hundreds of them, in fact.
In the next year we will show you some of our finds, but many of the documents will be used as source material without publishing them or letting our readers know we have them. There must be a hundred great stories in the pile in front of me.
What Did We Find?
“What didn’t we find?” is the more appropriate enquiry. Here are some examples of the types of documents thrown to the winds by very foolish and lazy people…
Family photos, banking records, income tax returns, salary spreadsheets, Cricket World Cup planning committee strategy documents, BLP documents, DLP documents, handwritten notes on the back of letters, utility invoices, corporate customer lists, corporate notes and minutes of meetings, bid documents for government projects, charity financial records, leases, personal letters and on and on and on.
You get the idea!
Why Are We Doing This?
Barbados Free Press originally started collecting and photographing documents from illegal rubbish piles simply to curtail the use of illegal garbage dumps through embarrassing the people who use them. We thought we would photograph a pile of garbage and then publish the owner’s name.
But then we found all sorts of goodies in the trash, and we knew that we were onto something. So we are having fun and writing some stories that our readers will find extremely interesting.
We haven’t quite decided on how we’re going to use what we found, or to what extent we will reveal personal information, but you know us…
There Is Mischief Afoot!
Now, where was that tax return? Oh yes… here we are… Mr. so and so… MBE. 🙂
Perhaps we won’t publish that one just yet.
Here are a few teasers from the Democratic Labour Party and the Cricket World Cup Organising Committee.
Everyone loves a little mischief!