Verdun the latest victim to complain of gang activity against tourists
Last Friday Bob Verdun gave the noon lecture at DLP Headquarters and detailed 15 ways that the Government can improve our tourism product without spending a penny. Journalist Ian Bourne attended and is writing a series of articles on Mr. Verdun’s message. You can read Ian’s first article at his Bajan Reporter online news site.
Unsurprisingly, one of Mr. Verdun’s primary tourism concerns is security, because he knows as we all should that without security the other three “esses” – sun, sea and sand – don’t matter. What is interesting is that Mr. Verdun confessed during his lecture that he, like thousands of others, fell victim to the Boscobel Road Toll Gang and that he does not go to this area of Barbados anymore.
“Verdun explains how he passed through Boscobel and encountered young fellows supposedly playing Road Tennis who said Verdun’s lost and they will ‘find’ him for a fee, Verdun vows not go by that part of the island again.
So if there’s an open admission of an extortion racket which can seriously hinder Barbados’ Tourism product what exactly will Government do now? Wait until a visitor is seriously injured or worse? How can Police respond when their resources are seriously stretched to the max?”
from the Bajan Reporter article Bob Verdun speaks out in George Street headquarters: 1 of 3
For almost two years Barbados Free Press has been reporting on the Boscobel Road Toll Gang and the inability of our police and political leadership to stop the activities of this gang. Thousands of tourists have been accosted and the gang’s activities have been reported on Trip Advisor and other tourist websites for many years. BFP didn’t break the story of the gang, we merely reported what was being said on other very influential tourist websites.
The Royal Barbados Police Force has done nothing, Prime Minister Thompson says “No problem here” and the gang is still terrorizing our tourists.
Perhaps now that Mr. Verdun has made his story public the police and government will act against the Boscobel gang, however I’m sad to say that past accomplishments are the single most accurate predictor of future performance. I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for the government or the police to act effectively against the Boscobel thugs.
One more thing…
In his article Mr. Bourne inaccurately (and we feel unfairly) reports that Barbados Free Press made allegations in an article that Mr. Verdun is a racist. As you can read for yourself, BFP made no such allegations, we only reported what we found online about Mr. Verdun. To remove any doubt as to BFP’s position, we have expanded our original article Bob Verdun lecture Friday, June 25 “15 ways to improve Barbados tourism without spending a penny!”
Please read the article and judge for yourself. Expecting a clarification or retraction from Ian Bourne, please.
(Above photo of Bob Verdun courtesy of Ian Bourne and The Bajan Reporter)