Hundreds Of Tourists Being Accosted For Money Every Month!
The Boscobel “Road Toll Gang” have been doing their thing for at least three years now. They stop tourist hired cars by standing in front of them. They inform the drivers that the road is closed, instruct them to drive another way and then demand money for the “assistance”.
They are big, nasty men and most of the tourists pay. It is a lucrative business for the gang.
Always seven or eight sitting at the “T” intersection and while one engages the driver in conversation another will sometimes come up behind on the passenger side, reach through an open window to grab a purse or a camera and then run like hell. Sometimes they will even open an unlocked door.
The Royal Barbados Police Force are well aware of this bunch of thieves, but have done nothing except take the reports from the poor tourists who are stupid enough to stop and roll down their windows.
I guess that Commissioner Dottin and his officers have much better things to do than to look after this group of thugs who are singlehandedly destroying the reputation of this island sometimes ten and twenty times a day.
No trouble finding them: they are at the “T” in Boscobel every day. It is their place of business, and their business is shaking down fearful tourists.
THE COMMISSIONER DOESN’T SEEM TO BE AWAKE, SO WILL A POLICE OFFICER WHO CARES PLEASE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THESE THUGS?
Yet Another Letter To Barbados Free Press About The Boscobel Road Toll Gang…
Dear Barbados Free Press,
We had just a great afternoon out today, perfect weather, had friends visiting from the UK, some wonderful places to take them. We did the usual spots then decided to drive up to North Point, did the cave, took photo’s etc, rambled our way back deciding to take them to Cherry Tree Hill for the view before returning them to Speightstown area.
When we got to Boscobel there were about 7/8 men at a junction trying to tell us to turn right, that the road was closed, we ignored them and turned left, then another man, almost stepped in front of the car and my husband, told me to drive on, this man was almost inside the car window, telling him a ‘good route to go’ eyeing up camera equipment at he same time, we told him we knew where we were going, I put my foot down and drove off.
After taking our friends back to their hotel we phoned the police, who GAVE US a description of the man! and said this group had been causing trouble with tourists, and they would speak to them again. I’ve already heard a story of tourists being nearly robbed near Cherry Tree Hill a few weeks ago, just a warning people, be careful…………
* About the photo: We are only using it to illustrate the story and have made the photo dark, blurry and sinister. The person in the photo is not associated with the Boscobel Toll Gang and has never been to Barbados. He is probably a nice, honest person.