UPDATED: November 22, 2010 9:31am Bridgetown
BFP reader ‘Come here’ says that Royal Westmoreland’s club house was open with free food and drinks throughout the period described by the “young posers” (that’s a quote!) to the Brit newspapers. Here’s what ‘Come Here’ has to say…
For the record, the renters of those 2 villas who complained to the MIRROR are young posers, entitled colonial era minded Brits, who cannot understand why “staff” did not rush from their roofless homes to bring them a Chicken Rita. Don’t ask how I know, but I do.
These disgusting snobs burned Rooney’s cabinets with candles, broke furniture, and generally abused the staff willing to brave the weather to “serve” them. The golfers clubhouse was open and operating WITH FREE FOOD AND DRINK, and several of the staff went without sleep to serve the guests. All of this nonsense here about what generator should be or what water tank could be in a million dollar home fails to explain why BL&P was unable to restore power to a lot of suffering people for nearly a week.
The point is that EVERYONE was caught flatfooted, including the inept government and salaried weather watchers, leaving Bajans a wind gust away from being in the disaster state that is St. Lucia.
All the millions wasted attracting visitors here cannot compete with the public relations nightmare Tomas has caused Barbados.
Here is our original article as published November 21, 2010…
All together now: “AWWWWWWWWW poor babies! Let mummy kiss it better!”
(While daddy shouts “Don’t do that. Let him be a man!”)
Some Royal Westmoreland guests are upset that their caviar and champagne holiday was interrupted by Hurricane Tomas. They rented Wayne Rooney’s home for 1,000 pounds a night (GOOD LORD!!!!) but when the power and water went out for three days they were greatly inconvenienced.
The p’d off guests report to the London Mirror that they had to use water from swimming pool to the flush toilets! Imagine that! They had to get a taxi driver to (hold nose here) bring them some chicken! EGADS!
And, doan ya know, the roof and door leaked during the hurricane! “Well, I never! That’s the last time I’d stay in that five million pounds rubbish heap!”
(Side note: We’ve heard rumours – only rumours, mind you – that at least three and as many as six other roofs in Barbados – gasp! – actually leaked during the hurricane!) 😉
When Hurricane Tomas hit Barbados, many of us were without water and power for days and even weeks afterwards. There might even be a few places still not back to whatever level of service they had before.
Many people lost everything. Some people were just happy that their loved ones and friends were all okay. The wrecked and uninsured Toyota doesn’t matter as long as the family are okay. The roof or an entire house is nothing compared with survival.
And some guests at Royal Westmoreland were furious that they couldn’t have their crepes suzette.
That’s what happened when the worst storm we’ve had since 1957 took a swing past Barbados.
I have four messages for Wayne Rooney…
1/ We Bajans appreciate that you chose Barbados, and that you’ve invested a pile of money here. We know you like us Bajans and the island. We know that you’ll see the hurricane as the once in 50 years event that it is.
2/ Give the money back to the whiners who rented your home and tell them we (that’s you and us Bajans) never want to see them again at Grantley Adams. You can afford to refund their money right now, but we at BFP can’t. We promise we’ll make it up to you in many other ways because we really appreciate your commitment to Barbados.
3/ Bloody well tell Royal Westmoreland that for five million pounds (EGAD!!!!) you would have thought that your home might have had a standby generator and a water tank good for a few of days of rationed use. Heck, you paid five million pounds for the place and we are in a hurricane zone so you’d think they would have that covered the water and power backup for FIVE MILLION POUNDS!!!!
4/ Come on down to Marcia’s Place at Oistins next time you’re in town and we’ll be happy to buy you and your guests dinner and some Banks. Heck, bring a busload of guests and I guarantee we at Barbados Free Press and a few of our friends will cover it because, once again, we appreciate that you chose Barbados. (email us – firstname.lastname@example.org – we mean it!)