Barbados Immigration officer: Evil? Misogynist? Racist? Stupid? You decide.

UPDATED: November 11, 2010 9am Bridgetown

We see that Jane Shattuck Hoyos has taken down her story at Planet Barbados. While we hope to hear more on this development, we want to let Jane know that if we never hear anything else about it from her, we and everyone else on this island understands. And now, probably, Jane understands too. That’s why BFP remains an anonymous blog.

“I didn’t sleep that night … I’d been humiliated, shamed, and harassed at the hands of an individual who, because he could, did. For him, it was sport. He never cited a single transgression.”

… Barbados resident, business person and investor – Jane Shattuck Hoyos

Welcome home bitch…

There is no excuse in the world for what happened to Jane Shattuck Hoyos upon her return to Barbados last Wednesday night.

Yes, our Immigration officers have a job to do. They protect our country, our economy and our communities from the negative impacts of uncontrolled immigration. They must be questioning, knowledgeable and skilled to see through false documents and lies. They must take their duties seriously.

All of that is a given and Jane says so – but what an Immigration Officer did to her last Wednesday night is totally unacceptable and, sadly, an all too common story heard from arriving visitors and residents alike.

It sounds to us like this Immigration officer is a power-tripping, egotistical little dictator: full of himself and drunk with power and authority. He probably had a good laugh about what he did to Jane. Maybe some of his colleagues laughed too.

There is no way that this was the first time for this Immigration officer. He probably does the same thing to other women traveling alone. He targets them for sport. He enjoys himself.

His supervisors likely already know that he’s a problem child.

He’s one of those who don’t want video cameras and audio recordings as they work.

Barbados Immigration Officers are often the first Bajan that international visitors have ever met. They are the public face of our nation, our culture and our government.

Read Jane’s article about what happened, and then ask yourself what the actions of this one Immigration Officer say about Barbados, our culture, Bajan men and the ability of our government to select, train and supervise persons in authority.

Friends, read what Jane has to say and then think to yourself that this Immigration Officer is an ambassador for our country to thousands and thousands of visitors from around the world…

by Jane Shattuck Hoyos

I was humiliated and harassed by a Barbados public servant: an immigration official .. it was completely unnecessary, hurtful to my spirit, and done without any cause whatsoever.

I returned home to Barbados last Wednesday night after attending a conference to learn more about the vacation rental business; renting condos on the south coast of my beautiful island home of Barbados is what I do for a living and of course I wish to do it to the best of my ability. Hence, the conference, which was in San Antonio, Texas, of all places.

I had risen at 4:30 that morning to get home. It was cold in Texas and I put on a sweater, jacket, slacks, and sheepskin-lined boots. I boarded my first flight at 7 a.m. I had breakfast on between San Antonio and Chicago, lunch between Chicago and Miami, and dinner between Miami and Barbados. I arrived BGI in Barbados around 10p.m.

I was tired but so, so happy to be home and couldn’t wait to find my beautiful husband Greg outside the airport waiting for me. Even in winter clothes, when I walked off the plane into the fragrant tropical evening, my heart thrilled.  It was delicious to be home!

…continue reading the Planet Barbados article C’mon, Barbados Immigration, show me some love!

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67 responses to “Barbados Immigration officer: Evil? Misogynist? Racist? Stupid? You decide.

  1. army in occupation

    When Barbadians take such abuse of behaviour and can’t immediately fire the abusers, then they get what they deserve.

    Fire the whole lot and hire people who know how to do their job and treat people—politely.

    Let them go on strike. These people can’t do much more damage to Barbados reputation and tourism business by having a long long strike.

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  3. browngal

    Its a shame what happened to Jane. However, its happened to black Caribbean people too. But we don’t know people and certainly not the AG, or people who know the AG.

    So we cringe and hope this time, they don’t look at us like dirt when we pass through immigration and customs

  4. Roti and Curry

    I would not visit Barbados because I am too afraid that I would be sent to the little room in spite of the fact that my documents are in order. I have heard of that little room because I am Guyanese and many Guyanese have reported about the poor treatment received at GAIA and kept in the little room in some instances for 25 hours. So sad that some Barbadian authorities choose to behave in such fashion.

  5. bajankidd

    This is just the tip of the problem that we have here in Barbados. Truth is, the majority of Government workers have no damn manners, and I’m not talking about the one off departments, or few individuals who genuinely strive to do their best and emulate Barbados as the gem that it truly is. If you are a Bajan you know what I mean. Would you believe that there are some persons who actually get VEX when they have to do their job. Then, some who don’t seem to know how to do their job.

  6. Adrian Loveridge

    I sometimes wonder WHERE we are going.
    I am also curious WHY any US Citizen would be detained or delayed without cause, regardless of her citizenship application?
    She would automatically receive a 28 day visitor stamp.

    Jane is a wonderful tourism ambassador for Barbados and you only have to view her beautifully filmed videos to she that she has a genuine love for her new homeland.

    When I first started bringing groups of people to Barbados in the late nineteen sixties, I had perhaps in hindsight, a rather naive dream that one day we could and would become the hospitality/tourism capital of the Caribbean. That Barbadians trained to the world’s highest standards would travel and work throughout the region and world, lifting the standards of the industry.
    Rather like Switzerland is in Europe.

    The trouble is that despite ALL the efforts of many dedicated people in the industry, we are only as strong as the weakest link.

    Will this Immigration officer be questioned, censored and sent for re-training?

    Sadly, I think I know the answer!

  7. In 1992, I had Permanent Residency via my father’s Bajanity… But I used a Trini passport at the time, was returning from the US and Customs went through my backpack, asked about my CD’s and I told them I was the deejay at a party (ok, so it was new CD’s mixed with old Bajan disks, big deal – I was at an Amway conference and bought some music, then put them with the Spice & Co material I brought along)…

    The man seems vex he cannot pin me for anything, until he sees my TT document. Then he wants to get on as though I’m an immigrant, but luckily I was travelling in a group and they all vouched I live here and am an announcer on the radio, and you could almost visibly see his frustration at having to “allow” me back in…

    In 2003, my wife learning of this, orders me to get naturalised. It took about two weeks, even with a pleasant officer, in that case. It was easier for me to get Bajanity via my father’s birthright rather than the fact I was married to my Bajan wife for three years – plus, everyone kept asking ‘But I thought you was Bajan already?

    Immigration needs defribillation into the 21st Century and rapidly…

  8. The immigration dept. in Barbados needs a serious overhauling, they are extremely rude and uncouth.
    This has been said many times by myself and others, immigration is the first real point of contact a visitor has with Barbados, and can set the tone of what their stay, may be like. Luckily for most pleasant hotel staff apologizing on behalf of Barbadians, reaffirms the tourists they made the right decision coming here.
    I’ve dealt with the immigration dept a lot, some at the airport are nice, all of them downtown are terrible and treat everyone with disdain and contempt. I’ve been married to my Barbadian wife for 5 years now, I applied for citizenship in our first year of marriage. I’ve yet to hear anything as the paperwork has no doubt been lost by now.

  9. WHISTLING FROG

    What’s new? I am a Bajan – born and bred – and been around over 3 score years and 10 — and I have been subjected to all sorts of discourtesies MANY MANY times by both customs and immigration ‘officers’ over the years. (I have travelled a lot.)

    I’m saying this: I have a friend who is in the ‘wine business.’ He is often called upon to conduct ‘wine lectures’ for staff in hotels. Who is he ‘lecturing’ to? Males and females from the village who have never seen a bottle of wine until they came to work in the hotel. Who have never TASTED a glass of wine until they came to work in the hotel.

    You think these people want to know how to hold a wine glass, or to taste and learn to recognize the difference between a merlot and a cab sauvignon? You think you can teach them this stuff in an hour… something that takes years to appreciate? No you cannot.

    Now to these ‘immigration officers.’ – Have a look at them. Can you read ‘body language?’ MOST OF THEM look like they are from a village in Hickey where they have never interacted with a majority of educated, experienced people of integrity. Of course not all ‘travellers’ are educated, experienced people of integrity, but on a daily basis the MAJORITY of travellers coming in from North America and Europe, are.

    So these ‘officers’ clearly feel subordinated if not intimidated by a “higher class” of person – and – they do not know how to reciprocate and respond to them. The result is the rude and callous behavior we ALL experience.

    Now I know what I have said will not go over very well – BUT IT’S WHAT IT IS.

    Go ahead and shoot me down, it doesn’t cancel the truth.

    I wonder why the ‘powers that be’ do not put a better type of person in those positions?

    Listen – I could carry this on for chapters. I happen to KNOW of the shenanigans of some of these officers who extort PAYMENT from some persons arriving from other places, in order to be granted entry and permission to stay…

    It’s outrageous.

  10. TWWIFOS

    Print the clowns name Jane! Maybe that might help change some of their arrogant attitudes. These people need to be exposed.

  11. Crabbie

    It can happen any place as long as you travel; approach a Immigration officer in the US about two years ago pilot had just flew the plane like a bat out of hell (in other words he took some turns and dips)my ears was blocked totally and can’t hear a thing so when he ask me to place my finger couldn’t hear him he was pissed, my daughter who was traveling with me tried to explain that made him even madder than before she took up my hand and show me what he was saying cause by now I was talking that the whole airport could hear in bajan,” can’t hear you my ears are fully blocked” while all bajans that were on the flight cracking up at me. He send me to another immigration officer to be processed. But what has me here in this issue is that she knows somebody that knows the AG pleassssssssssssse…. stop feeling for you after that comment.

  12. Red Lake Lassie

    Jane makes a good point in her story: she could go to the AG because of her family, and she says what about those who have no connections?

    Her story is written from a perspective of genuine concern for Barbados and Bajans who don’t have her connections.

    Jane is a tourism blogger. Her story has been featured by BFP that has millions of visitors. That’s the way to clean up the mould in the shower: shine the sunlight on it. It gets rid of all the slimey stuff and then the shower smells and looks clean and fresh!

  13. Mac

    Name & shame Jane. Send this article to the Nation & Barbados Today. This stuff happens because like many things, it is expected so it is accepted @ allowed to continue. The management ( often no better) must be forced to take action to improve the service. If Barbados is going to have Team Barbados then gov should push from the top to improve customer service from it’s employees.

  14. Xenophobia

    This type of blatant unprofessional behaviour is thankfully not the norm at immigration but rather underscores what several commenters have lamented: some Bajans simply resent foreigners from over and away. The airport portal is Barbados’ never ending train wreck, a mismanaged, unsupervised, and easily corrected “Welcome” to the third world. This jobs-for-the-jobless first mentality and protectionism at the exclusion of any and all highly qualified, Barbados lovin’ immigrants will ultimately seal our fate. Please name the name, call the idiot out for training, so it does not happen again.

  15. bajandave

    I carry a UK passport since I was born there, but I have had Barbadian citizenship since 1988, and I still get the “28 days” treatment from Immigration officers every now and then. In fact, I find the experiences abroad much more pleasant than in this island I have called home for close to 30 years. I would like to hear the Immigration Officer’s side of the story to find out what prompted this behaviour – it seems rather out of line.

  16. Hi BFP:

    I support your advocacy role. However, when I followed the link, I thought that I would read about how Jane had been needlessly strip searched, or perhaps beaten or otherwise violated. Clearly the nation should come to the defence of any resident of, or visitor to Barbados who is mistreated. However, that was not the case. Given that I was linked from here, I will repeat the analysis which I posted there.

    When I was 30, I decided that it was now my responsibility to defend the weak from harm and instruct the irresponsible, regardless of the consequences. However, while I can empathise with your experience, and recognise the obvious emotional trauma involved, you essentially seemed to have suffered some embarrassment.

    I have, and continue to encourage improvement of public officials, and was once the recipient of damaging political invective for doing so. However, over the past decade, I have consistently found the immigration officers at Grantley Adams International Airport to be among the most efficient and friendly compared to those in various other places to which I have travelled.

    Whenever I am treated in a way that I consider to be unfair, I generally try to understand why. I also acknowledge that vengeance belongs to God and I am careful not to retaliate. While not excusing the Immigration Officer’s behaviour, perhaps we can imagine the event from his perspective.

    Being required to continuously exhibit a cheerful disposition throughout the day, while having to rapidly and accurately process the handwritten information on the immigration forms of a diverse multitude of sometimes irritable people, requires immense fortitude and discipline. I typically observe the immigration officers as they get into some form of rhythm, politely receiving and quickly dispatching persons from the long lines. Inevitably, their rhythm is interrupted by an unusual case. In the US, such persons are typically escorted to a room where they wait to be processed with more scrutiny.

    If the immigration officer was familiar with the procedures for processing a case like yours, and deliberately chose to ‘exercise his power over you’ as you have claimed, then he is wrong and should be disciplined accordingly. However, if he was unfamiliar with how to proceed with your type of case, he may not be willing to delay others in the line as he researched how to proceed. Therefore, he appeared to invite you to wait, while seated in the privacy of a comfortable, air-conditioned room (I am obviously making an assumption which you can verify).

    You noted: “He looked at me through the window with disdain and dislike.” It seems that you interpreted his derailed rhythm, and ignorance of how to proceed as “disdain and dislike” for you. Perhaps you may want to reconsider attributing such a motive to him. However, your next report is disturbing. You claimed that he yelled at you.

    If this is typical behaviour for him, then he needs to seek his fortune elsewhere. However, if it is not typical, then perhaps management can allow him more frequent breaks in order to relieve the demonstrated stress. Let me explain.

    I have found that public officials can easily get offended if someone tries to tell them how to do their jobs. They can try instructing a public official if the official is not busy. However, if you are in a line of people (NIS, Immigration, Licensing Authority, Land Tax, etc, etc), then it is better for you, the official, and the people whom you left standing in the line, to simply respond to the questions that are asked.

    You reported that you anticipated additional questions, volunteered additional information, and explained some of his procedures. This appears to be a reasonable approach. However, if the immigration official is unfamiliar with how to process a case like yours, then no amount of explanation by you can help him. He must refer to whatever procedure manual that he may have in order to solve both of your problems, and he may be unwilling to display his ignorance of the procedure before you. Hence, his expressed disgust (perhaps with himself) in telling you to sit in another room. It does not help your situation if you try to hurry (pepper) him with questions, or establish your superior knowledge of the procedure.

    While I understand your frustration with having to wait, and your belief that hardcopies of your documents would be beneficial, you appeared to have exacerbated the situation by leaving the room without permission, interrupting his rhythm once again, and presenting him with irrelevant information. What he likely required was knowledge of the processing procedure, not supporting immigration documents. Then you started to argue with him.

    I must note that you are an incredibly bold woman, and if you display such boldness in defence of others, then that is admirable. Sometimes, after displaying unusual boldness, we may ponder our behaviour and realize that we have miraculously avoided some serious consequences.

    If I had been instructed by a US immigration officer to sit in a room, and then I chose to leave the room without permission and argue with him publicly, I would probably be detained in the US Federal judicial system for years, and depending on what I said, I may be lost in Guantanamo. When approaching US immigration officers, it is ‘yes sir’, ‘no sir’, and responding truthfully to all questions asked – full stop. You certainly do not attempt, whether intentionally or otherwise, to humiliate them with superior knowledge of immigration procedures.

    Is this how it happed? Only God knows, and we would need a presentation of the event from the immigration officer’s perspective to avoid the speculation provided above. However, what I have written appears to explain the evidence as you have presented it. If it has not, then I will happily engage you in discussion and re-examine it.

    My purpose for writing is, inter alia, to urge you to consider whether you may have misinterpreted the officer’s motives and actions. If you think that you have, then perhaps you can call off the hounds, because a recession is not the best time to be unemployed.

    Please be advised that I do not know the immigration officer in question, nor his family; however, as previously explained, I try to defend the weak. Given the accusations made, based entirely on your account of what has occurred, and the potential consequences which may befall him given your family’s influence, then at this point, he appears to be the weaker party. However, if your interpretation of events is accurate, and his behaviour is typical, then you may proceed to facilitate his punishment, but it is wise to temper justice with mercy.

    Best regards, and a speedy recovery to good emotional health,

    Grenville

    p.s. I apologize for such a long post.

  17. So many interesting and impassioned comments! A couple of thoughts I have:

    1. To those who think this is an example of racism: I don’t think so, anymore than it was a case of ageism, sexism, or any other “ism.” I thought at the time and still do that it was a case of a person in power exerting power needlessly over someone without it. The fact that it happens in other parts of the world does not make it right, either there or here.

    2. To those who consider it a trivial incident: I don’t think we should wait until strip-searching occurs before we speak out. This was a case of someone being needlessly rude … if we look the other way every time this occurs while waiting for a strip-search incident to happen before we say anything, we might wonder where all our visitors went in the meantime.

    3. To those who cry out “privilege.” Yes, I am privileged: to get to live in this beautiful paradise of Barbados, to be married into the very fine Hoyos family, for my good health, lovely grown daughters, and so much else. I’m not better or less good than any other human on this earth. I wrote of my own experience the other night at Barbados immigration to make the points that 1) immigration really should be kinder (or at least reasonable) to people and 2) if an official apprehends an individual, he/she should do so with cause. Never mind that this happened to me or didn’t happen to me … if it happens often enough to anyone, as I hear people here suggesting, people won’t want to come to Barbados.

    I appreciate that the immigration officials have a tough job. They also form visitors’ very first impression of our country. A little kindness goes a long way.

    Jane

  18. Micah

    Since two wrongs don’t make a right, there is blame here on both sides. The report from Jane suggests that the immigration office was impolite in asking her to go into a room, without explaining that her circumstances of entry required more scrutiny for whatever reason. And Jane realising that her passport did not contain information that she presumably wrote on the form got out the supporting documentation from her bag, and without waiting to be acknowledged and called back to the officer’s window, proceeded to go and push her documents at him presumably as she was tired and wanted to get home. And the officer who may also have been tired, reportedly lost his cool.

    At the end of the day, we expect the officer to conduct himself in a polite and professional fashion to all persons whether Bajan or not, whether white or otherwise. If that means sending Jane to a room to allow time to establish that her entry to Barbados is above board then so be it. But that could and should be done politely and professionally by the officer, and tired Jane could have perhaps have been more patient but then if she is married to a Hoyos and they can call the Attorney-General then why should she. Having been to the US several times, and interacting with their immigration officers, believe me if one of them sent me to a room I was going there and not coming out until they called me. But then, I’m black and a visitor to the US, so I wouldn’t be taking any chances of being detained and deported.

  19. Hi Jane:

    Please note that visitors have been strip searched at GAIA, and contraband has reportedly been found – hence, it appears that such searches were justified. What Barbadians must guard against are unwarranted strip searches.

    Regards,
    Grenville

  20. Jinx

    Jane remarks in her article that she is “not a fighter”. I can appreciate that we all respond to situations differently, however in this case, if the immigration officer was indeed as rude as she decribes, not “fighting” this incident only leaves this person free to “dehumanize” more visitors or even locals through his nasty manners.
    Although the immigration computer system supposedly contains updated status reports, my husband is always met with such rudeness upon arrival into Barbados, even though his application for citizenship is still being processed here. He knows that little room all to well.
    Jane, i hope you heal from this quickly and get on with filing a complaint or whatever needs to be done to see that this individual is disiplined accordingly.

  21. JustSayinBajan

    I doubt this will see the light of day since BFP censors comments to suit their purpose.

    Have you all been following how immigrants are being treated in the U.S.? They are being beaten, robbed, murdered, and deported in ever increasing numbers just because they are immigrants. Did you see how American politicians in recent weeks ran blatantly racist ads depicting immigrants as criminals? Some of the bigots actually won, because of the very strong anti immigrant sentiment in the U.S.

    I was mistreated by American immigration officers at a U.S. airport years ago, but I didn’t have an AG to complain to, so I had to suck it up and move on after drying my tears. I was once disrespected by an immigration officer at the airport in Barbados. Again, I didn’t have connections to to the AG, so I had to move on.

    I know things need to improve in the area of Immigration processing in Barbados, but I am tired of Americans, Brits, Canadians, and others complaining about how Bajans do things, when things are worse in their homelands. I am also tired of the way Bajans jump to attack their own when foreigners complain.

    PS. Not long ago Bajans were cheering on immigration officers who mistreated Guyanese and Black Caribbean non nationals. Now an American woman has been offended, many of you are singing a different tune. Isn’t that hypocrisy?

  22. David G. Brooks

    I, as a born and breed Bajan of reasonable long linage, have always ‘felt’ like arriving back home from a trip overseas was just a formality passing through Immigration … Customs, well yes, their job is different … but a Bajan Immigration Officer interfering with my return back home … well they might have to put me in a straight-jacket before it was all done – maybe I am just being naive but they would have to give me some reason for not letting me through to my wife and kids.

  23. Analyzer

    I don’t know how long Jane has been living here but we still have some people with bad attitudes serving the public. I could tell you a good one that happened to me recently at the post office but I won’t go into the details right now. But this woman was miserable, unpleasant and had a very bad attitude. I was so upset how she acted that I phoned a supervisor at GPO to complain. The supervisor just told me that some people have a bad life at home and may take it to work with them. She told me that I was right in the situation and she was wrong. She said I could make an official complaint which I did not bother to do. I just wanted somebody to listen to what happened as I was so fustrated and angry probably much how you felt. But I would like to know if there is some kind of training in the civil service of their employees that deal with the public and have a customer service or public relations kind of job.
    That is what I would really like to know. There is a book I have heard of called ‘Don’t stop the carnival’, I haven’t read it but it is about a foreigner who moves to the Caribbean and experiences hell in paradise, maybe you would be able to relate and somehow put this bad experience behind you and know that you are not the only person that has been treated badly in the Caribbean. Mind you, there are some amazingly friendly and efficient people on this island, unfortunately, we still have to deal with some bad apples for one reason or another. I know coming from Canada where everyone is so polite and efficient, it must be a real shock for you. But I have lived here a long time, I went to secondary school here and maybe I am more tolerant of it except when you come across who is a blatant ignorant rude idiot. I don’t know in your case this mans problem but I suspect if anything like this happens to you again you may be in a position now to handle it better. Don’t let it get to you too much.

  24. GEO-GY

    Jane, you are not the first to receive this sort of treatment by Immigration Barbados. The treatment you received at GAIA was the norm for years for visitors and intransit passengers from the South American country of Guyana, however, your mistreatment is highlighted on this and other blogs where as the complaints of Guyanese fell on deaf ears.

  25. Anonymouse Not By Choice

    Jane, I’m sorry to hear of your treatment at GAIA but honestly, I am not surprised. You are still basking in the pleasure your new country, Barbados, and your new marriage. It is not my intention to take your pleasure and joy away but I think you have yet to learn just how malicious some Bajans can be.
    I, also, was married to a Bajan of some considerable social standing and was quite naive to how I was perceived by petty people with no brains and to much time on their hands. My papers for a work permit and the requisite “donation” to certain immigration officers had already been made through my lawyer.
    I was a partner in a business and an employee who did not want to take instruction from a white “Johanna-come-lately” reported me to immigration. I was immediately placed in an immigration vehicle with locked doors and taken back to our home and told to pack as I would be on the next plane out of Bim. Fortunately, my husband heard what had happened and got back to our home before immigration arrived with me and much like your situation, he called the AG and advised them of what was happening. The AG got on the phone with the immigration officers and told them to back the hell off!
    Jane, I do not want to burst your bubble, but I think you have had your first dose of reality in Barbados. Trust no one except your husband and his family, be very circumspect in what you say to others. Envy is like a disease in Barbados.

  26. Roti and Curry

    Jane, You might be too happy in Barbados for your own good, that is why the immigation man acted so funny towards you, for your horn blowing can heard all the way in South America. You are happy but keep that happiness to yourself for as the one blogger says envy is like a disease in Barbados, so keep your happiness to yourself. You are in paradise not America.

  27. Johnny Postle

    I am not saying that what this Jane is saying is not true but it would be good to hear the story from the immigration officer as well. I know Bimshire people are short of professional courtesies and etiquette. You do not have to look far to realise that the motto here is ‘Employee is right so treat the customer like shite,’ but it will still be nice to hear the story of the immigration officer. He might just tell another story or simply Jane is right.

  28. Black without status

    So when I encounter similar behavious in Puerto Rico, Miami, JKF and Pearson, and I’m the Plumber’s wife in a white country who do I call or text to help me out. Which Minister can I contact to put me on a”cleared list”

    I really thought the lady was stripped searched and threatened deportation. After what I’ve been through at some white ports, with full legitimate documentation, girlfriend, you should be smiling…not complaining. Some immigration officials elsewhere and downright rude. Bajan rude aint nothing to compare.

    Just shows in BIM 95% black 5% white privilege.

    I’m hurt and appalled that Mr. Brathwaite, my AG and representative, someone whom I look up to, could have his name associated with such “privileges”. Be careful my brother. Remember what was preached.

    Just Get a Life.

  29. JustSayinBajan

    Anonymous by choice,

    You said, “My papers for a work permit and the requisite “donation” to certain immigration officers had already been made through my lawyer.” You did not say your papers had been approved. The employee probably knew that you were working illegally and so did immigration. They would not have put you in a vehicle with locked doors, taken you home, and asked you to pack if they did not have evidence that you were working illegally.

    You and Jane have proven something that many Bajans have long suspected. That is that certain high ranking people in the Bajan government, like the AG, pull strings for White foreigners and other connected people, even if their papers or other requirements are not in order (as is in your case, I suspect) while they ignore the needs of Black Bajans and Caricom nationals. It will be interesting to see how the current AG responds to complaints from Bajans and Caricom nationals in the future now that we know he pulls strings behind closed doors for White folks.

    You said “envy is like a disease in Barbados.” Another disease that I have noticed is the disease of White people from abroad who probably didn’t have two nickels to rub together in their homelands expecting Black Bajans to bow and scrape to them in Barbados.

    I live in the U.S. and the White folks here are totally ridiculous, but we Bajans here just put up with the humps and grumps as old time Bajans used to say. We don’t have AGs to run to when the screwed up natives here hurt our feelings.

  30. Duppy Lizard

    Why is it that people of colour always have to play the race card?

    The complainant has made it clear that she does not believe that the colour of her skin had anything to do with the way she was treated.

    If you don’t like the “white folks” why not move to Africa instead?

  31. Expat

    But, the Guyanese. What are we going to do about the Guyanese? Will we allow them in without a strip-search? Come on. How can we?

  32. JustSayinBajan

    Duppy Lizard,

    If a commenter named Fred Hoyos is related to Jane, he was the first one to use the race card on her blog. He said, “they did it to belittle what they say as a rich WHITE woman….yes i said it dammit.” I assume he is White. The commenter named “Anonymouse (not my misspelling) Not By Choice,” who I also assume is White, also mentions race in her comment.

  33. Anonymouse Not By Choice

    JustSayinBajan: You have made a lot of assumptions which only serves to show your own bias. In regards to my to my work permit, no I did not physically have it in my hands. Our lawyer had assured us that the permit had been granted and it would only be a matter of days before I could go and pick it up which I did 4 days after immigration came for me. You want to split hairs? The employee at my business was not aware of that and had she been, I’m sure she would have thought twice about what she did. Instead she lost her job.
    As for my probably not having two nickels to rub together, I invested $130,000.00 Canadian in my business and provided 25 Bajans with jobs that paid far and above the going rate offered by most Bajan businesses. I had every right to be on the premises of my investment and had every right to try to ensure that my investment became a successful business.
    As for “running to the AG”, that was done by my black Bajan husband not me.

  34. JS

    I am not saying what Jane endured was not uncomfortable it would be degrading.
    But she was not stripped searched .
    Just what if Jane Hoyos had no connections she said the immigration officer sent her to a room then she proceeds to venture out of an office in Immigration when she was told to wait in this office by a Barbados immigration authority
    Maybe he was misusing his authority

    .I am not condoning the intrusive behavoir of the immigration officer by all accords either. But we have yet to hear what his side of the story is?

    He was according to her to abrupt for my liking or many here in BIM.
    But….. without hearing from him many are assuming he was in the wrong and her in the right.
    I know some public officials can be calloused and cold.
    Not all some are actually kind.

    She didn’t obey his requests .Could she do this in her country after being told to sit down while information was being reviewed . The Homeland security of the USA would be far more harsh if she disobeyed orders and she knows this to.

    Many of you fail to realize how she was using her “Hoyos” name and the fact she is a Hoyos she expected a certain privilege many average people are not bestowed with.

    She had the attitude how dare you talk to me like this . I am a HOYOS after -all do you know who I am ? She was calling lawyers and no return calls that is easy to relate to when a lawyer would not return a phone call she got the Attorney General.
    You think she could get the USA AG “holder “on the phone over such trivia.
    Only that she married into a fairly well to do family on our small island.

    She had her husband call the attorney general geez . This was so important of an issue to do this?
    Of course since 9-11 worldwide immigration is up in arms. In her native USA where she comes from immigration /customs can be a dreadful nightmare.
    Often when you pass through Miami/NYC USA they DEMAND to know your purpose for your visit. Many Americans act as if they would rather you not be there
    Talk about stress USA immigration is right up there. If the USA were to ask her to wait in a room while information was being conveyed and researched assured she would wait . She did take it upon herself to defy the requests even if they were questionable request still she was asked and not without protest from her.

    Many times immigration here in Barbados as anywhere can be so unpleasant and uncomfortable. I feel her treatment was not comfortable and wrong from what she says transpired without hearing the other side .
    It is her entitlement for what her last name is that will irk many here.

    This is often passing through immigration and unpleasant to say the least. You feel like they are the “Gestapo” and where are your papers.

    The immigration officer was of course a bit abrasive and insensitive. But this reaps of not so much was done to her but who it was done to and her married name.!

    From what I gather the immigration officer became irate with the situation at hand when she ventured out of the air conditioned office he asked her to sit in and not the horrid jail cell she misleads others to believe this was like a segment for another locked up abroad Barbados segment. Hardly!!!

    Maybe she was tired from traveling . Maybe the immigration worker was having a bad day.
    Maybe he felt she had a snobby attitude who knows?

    Now granted the immigration officer could have and should have been a little nicer/professional
    Which is what so many elitist wealthy families expect here.

    She has had a grandiloquent braggadocios attitude ,I am sure this was at least a lesson for all . Immigration does need to be more courteous in such manners considering Barbados depends on tourism. Mrs.Hoyos had a humbling experience after all she was one of the first off the plane. Further more she is the only so far”” unscathed lucky American woman/wife / married into the Great Hoyos dynasty .I knew one of the not so lucky wives who now after one of the Hoyos brothers dumped her for another woman he was openly carrying on an affair with , after my friend had a breakdown back in 1989 when she was married to one of those sweet Hoyos Men who never use their clout oh no never. in the Hoyos clan he called her mom from Kansas to come get her he was done. This ex wife has since re married to a sweet American gentleman counting her heavenly stars she is long gone and has a beautiful family happily back in Tennessee USA, far removed from her nightmare. she was the lucky one with this brother so I hear and Jane Hoyos hope you are even luckier and fair better. my dear Jane Hoyos should be thanking her stars all she has got so far was detained for a bit in immigration.

  35. Cheryl

    I was not there but I don`t believe this story. THIS SEEMS LIKE AN EXAGGERATION.

  36. attitude

    Be careful what you read as the last Black Woman Who Reads ( BU ) was neither black nor a woman ( at least not anatomically ).

    My experience has been that black barbadians returning to Barbados are invariably singled out, often because they are returning with purchases.

    I have been treated all the way from sullen arrogant officers to the most friendly “Welcome Back” officers you could ever want to meet.

    The important thing to remember is not only are the passengers tired but that the officers have a job to do and must do that with the utmost courtesy and effectiveness.

    One can draw his own conclusion about this officer but there can be no substitute for regular training and supervisors who understand the need for civility.

  37. GEO-GY

    I am Guyanese and I get roughed up at all foreign airports except in my beautiful Guyana. I think Jane expected just a wave of hand by the immigration officer just because she is white and American.

    She is like a child in sweetie shop, as she says, she is so happy in paradise and she is thrilled to be in the Hoyos family and she is in wedded bliss, but the reality here for a lot of Barbadians is that this is a country with economic problems, a small country with 300,ooo citizens all striving for a better life, and then you have well connected Jane blissfully living like a queen in paradise.

  38. In my same ’92 trip to USA, there was a white Trini woman who was very blunt on what she brought back from the States – she tells ’em she had toys, including a GUN… :-O

    Well, they ask her to step this way, and I said to myself ‘Good night, poor lady, unless you packin’ real cash…

    Because they were not about to let her go in no hurry, importing toys and further – violent material? When was the last time you see a toy pistol in Barbados?

    In my boy days, weapons were a dime a dozen, if you were a soldier then World War II Lugers or 007’s Walther PPK’s for young secret agents and six-guns for numerous Wild West characters but nowadays?

    You can find swords galore – some hard enough to do damage if you knew where to aim and what force to use… But no mock firearms, what odd priorities? I’d feel either both or none but having none is like not teaching ur child self-defense, IMHO!

  39. OK People, ease up. The personal unwarranted attacks are highly offensive – worse, they violate Jesus’ directive that we treat others the way that we would want to be treated, and His warning that we would be judged in the same manner that we judge others.

    Jane has done what every citizen of this country has a right to do. If we are dissatisfied with the provision of any government service, of which Immigration is but one, we have a right to appeal to our elected political representative, and even to the minister in charge of the department in question.

    If she had been sent to a room without explanation, then clearly that is not good service, and she has every right to seek assistance, including from our AG. She also has every right to advocate for other visitors and residents of Barbados to ensure that people are provided with an explanation for their detention. Being detained without being provided with an explanation is likely to be a traumatic experience for all but the guilty.

    My principal concern is that she may have misinterpreted the Officer’s motives, and therefore, released the hounds without considering her contribution to the event.

    Regards,
    Grenville

  40. BFP

    Hi Grenville,

    I see where you are coming from, and were it not for the fact that this is only the latest in a series of perhaps dozens of incidents I’ve personally heard of, I’d have a bit more sympathy with the Immigration Officer. The fact is, if you visit Trip Advisor or google “barbados immigration abuse” you’ll find that our Immigration officers are possibly the worst ambassadors we could find ourselves with.

    As a friend who visited us from the UK last year so aptly put it “I’ve taken two weeks off work. I’m spending close to ten thousand dollars to bring my wife and children to Barbados for a vacation and your Immigration people treated me like I was lower than dirt.”

  41. X

    Jane took down her post – I guess the personal attacks became too much to bear. It’s a shame that a legitmate beef with bad behaviour by an immigration officer decended into a racially tainted back and forth. But that’s typical nasty behaviour in Barbados and see it coming it different instances from all shades of people. We really need to get past this racism that underlies almost everything in this country.

    I hope Jane isn’t too dismayed and continues to do the great work she does promoting Barbados through her blog, her videos on youtube and her business.

  42. Missing

    I could not find the article on Planet Barbados. Maybe the article is popular and receiving too many hits for the system to keep up.

    But you can also see the article this way as well http://bit.ly/a7tGYa

  43. Hi BFP:

    I Googled the phrase you noted, and I also investigated Trip Advisor, and I did not find the abuse as you have described. On Trip Advisor, I found a complaint about customs charging them $60 for 200 cigarettes, and another reporting an isolated instance of Immigration fingerprinting someone (and speculating that they could have been illegal). Generally the reports show that our immigration officers are responsible.

    It seems that many reports have Immigration and Customs officials mixed up. Customs have the challenging job of, inter alia, searching for: illegal drugs, banned or restricted substances, and taxable imports. If you are caught with any, then you would naturally be upset. My experience is that since the airport was renovated, which coincided with the establishment of GAIA Inc, the professionalism of personnel has been of a high standard – and they should be commended. Of course, any bad apples should be identified and sorted out.

    I noted that Jane removed her article that was critical of the immigration officer. Having reviewed several of her articles, and the ancillary comments, the one about the immigration officer appeared to be out of place. Her description of her experience was more suited to this discussion forum, where the issue could be examined, and Jane could participate if she wished. Well done BFP.

    Jane’s blog is a Barbadian treasure, and we are fortunate to get a glimpse of Barbados from her unique perspective. May God bless her, keep her in good health, and prosper her business endeavours.

    Regards,
    Grenville

  44. X

    I always find it kind of funny when people invoke God for His favor on business prosperity. Doesn’t God have better things to do than look out for wealthy capitalists. I always thought that His son was more of a socialist in his teachings, but maybe that was just his teenage rebelliousness, and perhaps post ascension he came to appreciate the finer points of return on captial.

  45. Anonymouse Not By Choice

    Jane, I think you now can see just how malicious people can be. I am quite sure that you have the best of intentions but, and I hope you don’t mind my saying this, you are still naive to the ways of some Bajans. This is exactly what I meant when I said be circumspect in what you say and who you say it too. Small island, small minds.
    Do not let this discourage you just know who you are dealing with.

  46. JustSayinBajan

    Anonymouse Not By Choice,

    I no longer believe you are a White Canadian woman. The manner in which you have said certain things leads me to believe you have a different identity.

    You are obviously someone who had a bad experience in Barbados and are now bitter towards Bajans. They say misery loves company. You are unhappy, so you want Jane to be unhappy.

    Jane is obviously a happy woman, and I think she has enough sense to understand that Barbados is like any other country in that there are good people and bad people and she just has to choose who she associates with wisely.

    I have been living in the U.S. for many years. This place is like a mine field now. There is very strong anti foreigner sentiment here. I understand that there are good Americans and bad Americans, and I choose very carefully which ones I deal with.

  47. Anonymouse Not By Choice

    JustSayinBajan: I’m sure that if you believe I am not a White Canadian then there could be no possibility that you could be wrong. However, as I sit here at my PC, residing in Canada and observing my very white skin I can’t help but wonder if there is an alternate reality that only you have knowledge of.
    I am not bitter, far from it, I am a pragmatic person and see things as they are, not as we would wish them to be.
    Nothing in my posts would give the slightest suggestion that I wish Jane to be unhappy. I wish Jane to be informed and better equipped to deal with the realities of life in Barbados. From what I have seen of Jane’s blog, she has taken to life in Barbados with complete optimism and I want her to maintain that spirit and love of her adopted country. Once again, JustSayinBajan, you have made a lot of assumptions and so that old chiche comes to mind…….”when you make (ass)umptions”.

  48. JustSayinBajan

    Anonymouse Not By Choice,

    I have a website to recommend to you. It is BritishExpats.com. It is where expats who have failed in Barbados go to gripe about Bajans. You should feel right at home with the folks there. Don’t let the word British deter you. American, Canadian, and other expats go on there to spew venom toward Bajans, lol.

  49. Anonymouse Not By Choice

    JustSayinBajan: The word “British” would not deter me nor should it deter you, as the British, rightfully, can lay claim to bringing a small rural island into a progressive society. Many Bajans question whether independence was a good thing. Some even suggest that independence has lead to a decline in decent and civilized society in Barbados.
    Contrary to your opinion of “spewing venom toward Bajans”, I have merely voiced what many Bajans, both black and white, have expressed freely to me.
    My husband and many of his friends and family were the origins of the expression “envy is like a disease in Barbados”. I’m more than happy to take credit for my own views but I do feel that the views of ordinary born and bred Bajans should get the credit they deserve.

  50. GEO-GY

    Well Jane is indeed happily married to a wonderful Bajan man, and that is wonderful, but let us not forget those tropical blooms from Guyana whose lives were snuffed out at the hands of their lovely Bajan husbands.

    Let us not forget the thousands of Guyanese who were sent to the room and told to sit on the beanch for 24 hours at GAIA. There are 300,000 people in the country, this includes the illegals, and none of them are alike, shear ignorance to associate all Bajans with the supposed one who mistreated Jane.

    Jane has her own agenda, and that is the for rich people, because I am sure she would not speak out on behalf of the hapless Guyanese who has every right to be in Barbados as opposed to Jane who is from far away America.

  51. Realtalk

    I think that the immigration officer should give his side of the story. I Know a friend of a friend who works in that field and it is my understanding that certain people of a particular social and economic standing feel that they are entitled to be treated a certain way. As for the Guyanese who are sent to a room at the airport, some of them have either contravene immigration in the past or have little of no funds.

  52. Full Remarks Deleted

    Posted: 08 Nov 2010 06:29 AM PST

    I was humiliated and harassed by a Barbados public servant: an immigration official .. it was completely unnecessary, hurtful to my spirit, and done without any cause whatsoever.

    I returned home to Barbados last Wednesday night after attending a conference to learn more about the vacation rental business; renting condos on the south coast of my beautiful island home of Barbados is what I do for a living and of course I wish to do it to the best of my ability. Hence, the conference, which was in San Antonio, Texas, of all places.

    I had risen at 4:30 that morning to get home. It was cold in Texas and I put on a sweater, jacket, slacks, and sheepskin-lined boots. I boarded my first flight at 7 a.m. I had breakfast on between San Antonio and Chicago, lunch between Chicago and Miami, and dinner between Miami and Barbados. I arrived BGI in Barbados around 10p.m.

    I was tired but so, so happy to be home and couldn’t wait to find my beautiful husband Greg outside the airport waiting for me. Even in winter clothes, when I walked off the plane into the fragrant tropical evening, my heart thrilled. It was delicious to be home!

    On a lighter note … I put up Christmas lights this morning!! I love Christmastime in beautiful Barbados.

    I was one of the first passengers in line at immigration.

    Alas, my happy mood was at the mercy of an immigration official who gave me the Alice-in-Wonderland treatment of what-is-real-isn’t.

    I went to this gentleman’s window … handsome man with a beard (you don’t see many beards here in Barbados). He flipped through my passport and mumbled something; I think he asked me how long I’d been living in Barbados. Not an untoward question. I answered happily. He continued to flip through my passport, back and forth through the pages. Then he put my passport down. He looked at me through the window with disdain and dislike.

    In anticipation of other questions, I told the official that I was married to a Barbadian gentleman and had applied for citizenship. I said that I’d been told that immigration officials would be able to verify this in their computers. I said I believed all my paperwork was in order and that Barbados is my home.

    Without telling me what was wrong, he kept my passport and yelled at me to go sit in a small room. Yes, yelled. Other passengers turned to look.

    Submissively I went to the little room. I texted Greg, “This may take awhile. I’ve been sent to a little room by the immigrations official. I’ve been given no reason why.”

    While in the little room, I dug through my papers and saw that Greg had wisely enclosed a copy of our marriage certificate as well as my receipt for my application of citizenship. Score! This was the same information the immigration official could see in his computer but I thought hard copies might help my case (whatever my case was … he never did say).

    I left the little room and went up to the official’s window. I slid my papers through the window and said, “These papers back up what I said before; hare are a copy of my marriage certificate and citizenship application receipt.”

    He didn’t look at the papers. He yelled at me to get back into the room immediately. Close to tears from the idiocy of what was happening, I said, “I’d like my passport with me while I wait, please. Also, I’m unable to sit in the little room all night.” I was hot and tired and frustrated; my good mood had dissolved to tears and a feeling of helplessness .. I was at the mercy of someone who could, I believed, simply load me on the next plane back to the States.

    “Well,” he yelled, “you might have to sit in there all night. Get back in there!”

    I went back into the room. Tearily, I texted Greg, “I’m being held without cause. I’ve been told I might have to stay in this room all night. Please contact our lawyer. I need help. I’ve been given no information, no reasons.”

    Greg frantically placed calls but found no one answering their phones at 11p.m.

    I sat. I waited. I thought about how Barbados is my home. It’s where I live with my husband, have my belongings, work, and own a home. To be harassed for coming home is an indignity, an insult, and hurtful. Had my papers been out of order, I would have apologized profusely and quickly jumped through whatever hoops I needed to in order to get them in compliance. But my papers are in order. Also, I appreciate that citizenship is a privilege, not a right, and I will be deeply grateful when I’m granted this status – but until that happens, I am following the law to the letter and am in this country legally.

    After all passengers had been processed, the official yelled at me to get back over to his station. He asked to see the papers I had tried showing him earlier.

    I slid them back beneath the window. My face tear-stained and my countenance weakened, he stamped my passport and slid it back to me. Crazily, he joked about which Hoyos I was married to, asked if it was one of the musicians. I said no … one of the others … I walked off, beaten down by a man who exerted power over me because he could.

    Greg was outside, waiting, frantic. I cried and yelled into the night air.

    I didn’t sleep that night … I’d been humiliated, shamed, and harassed at the hands of an individual who, because he could, did. For him, it was sport. He never cited a single transgression.

    The next morning, Greg was on the phone. He enlisted the help of his brothers (the Hoyos men stick together … and, just so you know, they are very fine men). Patrick Hoyos knows Attorney General Adiel Braithwaite. Patrick called the AG on my behalf. Mr Braithwaite was kind and sympathetic; in fact, he told Patrick that before he was AG, the same had happened to him.

    Mr Braithwaite kindly put my name on a “cleared” list. I’m grateful. And so this may not happen again to me, but what about all the other people who aren’t married to Hoyos men who can call the right people? How many others will be subject to humiliation and harassment at the hands of Barbados’ immigration so-called public servants?

  53. what will they think of next

    This is bare foolishness. She thinks that she special.

    No doubt she is lying.

  54. Full Remarks Deleted

    wwtton – I am not surprised, lemme guess your so-called philosophy… Black is Truth and White is Instant Liar? How different are you from Hitler? Your mini-diatribe is so pathetic your remark is not even worth staying up there…

  55. I think comments should get locked on this thread now, this is really too ugly for anyone decent IMHO…

  56. JustSayinBajan

    Ian Bourne,

    You said, “I think comments should get locked on this thread now, this is really too ugly for anyone decent IMHO…”

    If you really want to see ugly behavior, come to America, Jane’s homeland, and my current home. People here recently have been holding up monkeys to represent President Obama, advocating hanging illegal aliens in public squares, running blatantly racist political campaign ads, defacing mosques, and beating, robbing, and murdering people simply because they are immigrants. Also, Americans routinely murder innocent men, women, and children in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and elsewhere.

    I know there is a problem with immigration officers and others in Barbados not exhibiting the best customer service skills, but I have a problem with an American lecturing Bajans about our behavior when Americans condone far worse behavior, behavior that actually leads to people losing their lives.

    Brits are another group that regularly lecture Bajans about our behavior when they are internationally known for houliganism. Multiple stampedes and riots started by Brits at home and in other people’s countries have led to many deaths in recent years.

    If you lived in the U.S. or the U.K. and saw the foolishness that goes on in each place and then saw Americans and Brits lecturing Bajans about our behavior, you would do like I have done and thought, wtf?

    Ian, I do believe the thread should be closed, because it is way off topic now, but I am sure that if all of the commenters opted to complain about Bajans, regardless of what they said, you would not have asked for it to be closed. You just want it closed because someone who is not Bajan has been offended. Unfortunately, that too is typical Bajan behavior.

  57. JustSayinBajan

    Adrian Loveridge,

    You said, “I am also curious WHY any US Citizen would be detained or delayed without cause, regardless of her citizenship application?
    She would automatically receive a 28 day visitor stamp.” I am really tired of the feeling of entitlement that many Americans have.

    I am a Bajan living in the U.S. On a couple of occasions, I was stopped by American police officers who would not initially tell me why they stopped me. They put on flashing lights to get me to stop. When I stopped, they asked me for my driver’s license and car registration. Despite my repeated questions about why I was stopped, they ignored me and went back to their cars to run my license plate number to see if I had any outstanding warrants. When they got good and ready they returned to my car and told me I had been speeding.

    Do you think that when those American officers ignored me and went back to their cars I could have dared gotten out of my car and approached them to question why they didn’t tell me why they had stopped me? Here in the U.S., the police shoot Black people first and ask questions later. If I had dared approached them, they would have pulled their guns and told me to get back into my car.

    When the Bajan immigration officer told Jane to go into the room without telling her why, that was the equivalent of the American officers ignoring me when I questioned why they stopped me. When Jane left the room and returned to the booth to give the immigration officer her documents, that would have been the equivalent of my approaching the American officers before they were ready to address me. Bajan immigration officers are law enforcement people just like the American police.

    When Bajans are mistreated in the U.S., we suck it up, get over it, and move on with our lives. When Americans, Brits, Canadians, and other White folks feel they are mistreated in very minor incidents in Barbados, they feel they are entitled to have the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, the Attorney General, etc. stop what they are doing and address their minor issues.

    Recently, Immigration officers told a British expat to leave Barbados, most likely because she didn’t meet the requirements to stay. She wanted people to submit complaints against Immigration to her to put together a dossier which she planned to give to the then leader of the opposition, Mia Mottley. GIVE ME A BREAK! A Bajan who was asked to leave the U.S. would have just packed up and left. You all need to learn to keep things in proportion.

  58. ac

    @BFP

    The article as was suggested to continue reading can’t be found on the Planet Barbados Web Site! Wuh happen!

  59. ac

    I agree with all those who think she is suffering from “The Entitlement Syndrome”

  60. what will they think of next

    Certain people think that they are to be treated different from everyone. I guess she falls into that category. I have connections, I will show you. I will make you loose your job. They will believe me not you, native.

    A Night Auditor was fired from Accra Beach Hotel. The reason. A guest refused to pay his Hotel bill. Like a good employee the Night Auditor told the guy that he must settle his bill before leaving. He refused, called a cab and headed to the Airport and boarded his plane. The Night Auditor called the police who went onto the plane and arrested the guy. Guess what? The guy whips out his phone and calls the Minister of Tourisim and to make a long story short the Night Auditor is fired.

    The moral of the story is the expatriate guy also a business person is right and the local guy is wrong because the expatriate said so.

  61. what will they think of next

    Ian said:
    I think comments should get locked on this thread now, this is really too ugly for anyone decent IMHO
    I guess that you are not decent. Joker.

  62. what will they think of next

    Some of these idiots should stay in the land of their birth.

  63. JustSayinBajan

    If anybody wants more proof of what Black immigrants have to endure in the USA, just look at a couple of videos that are being featured today on the Huffington Post, a popular website in the U.S. You will learn from this why some Bajans, like myself, who live in the U.S. get a bit miffed when Americans complain about Bajans’ behavior. On the videos, A White American woman calls a Black immigrant mailman the “N” word and slaps him, because he won’t do what she requests.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/12/erica-winchester-mailman-video_n_782864.html

  64. BFP

    Hey JustSayinBajan,

    That video is unbelievable! Except, it’s for true. I don’t understand why the postal guy was fired. He was so calm. I wouldn’t have been! That guy deserves a medal.

  65. Barack Obama said Saturday he didn’t know his aunt was living in the United States illegally and believes that laws covering the situation should be followed.

  66. i’m sorry this is too funny

  67. 104

    this is a sad development in bajan history to see that that type of pig would be allowed to work in a social setting. As a Barbadian i apologise to her and her family for what took place and i hope something is done about it.Those type of people deserve to be made an example of and this is why i strongly emphasize lots of barbadians are so comfortable living in paradise because they would not and cannot survive anywehere else with the foolishness they do here