Some pampered babies at Barbados Royal Westmoreland crying over hurricane Tomas

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 – barbadosfreepress@yahoo.com – we mean it!)

Further Reading

Daily Mirror – Wayne Rooney: Guests at Barbados flat had no power, water or food for three days

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26 responses to “Some pampered babies at Barbados Royal Westmoreland crying over hurricane Tomas

  1. rasta man

    Could have rented a generator and used bottled water like I had to do!!!!

  2. Politically Tired

    Are you really trying to tell me that properties in RWM do not have water tanks? thought that was just people like us!

  3. yatinkiteasy

    Barbados construction companies are famous for roof leaks..even in million dollar homes…(Our Airport is an example)

  4. Slap Happy

    Bull pistle time. Whack! One hard lash across your back.
    Thank God those guests are rich and privilege they seem to be quite useless and helpless when they are inconvenienced.
    Remember this. During hurricane season the disruption the disruption of normal and daily routines is possible.
    Still shaking my head

  5. de hood

    Lets see………………. ummm, to the best of my knowledge there was no incidence of hurricane called “Tomas” that affected Barbados. If my memory serves me right we had a TROPICAL STORM called “Tomas” that affected the island. 🙂 There IS a SLIGHT difference, you know.

  6. Micah

    It is hard to believe that Royal Westmoreland is charging that amount of money for their villas without provision for emergency situations such as power and water outages. I think if one is paying 1ooo pounds a night for accomodation, one would get upset at the lack of these facilities, and it is rather unrealistic to expect that these visitors are going to care if the general population of Barbados are having outages themselves. A leaking roof and door for such an expensive property does not speak well as to workmanship and/or design assuming the roof wasn’t damaged by the storm. However, Tomas was a tropical storm at that time and should it have been able to damage the roof of a 5 million dollar house? I don’t know if Wayne Rooney or Royal Westmoreland is to blame for the dislocation of guests at this rather expensive facility after the storm. However, at the end of the day, it is the name of Barbados that is being sullied in the international press.The Barbados Government may wish to ensure that the persons who build, sell, or rent these high-end properties are not shortchanging or fleecing their customers with the reputation of Barbados being damaged in the process.

  7. BFP Cliverton not signed in

    Good points, Micah.

    When I went away to school I took my little flashlight with me and it sat on my night table every night for three years. People would see it an laugh because they were from a place where the power “never fails”.

    You know the rest of the story and I was the only one with a light to get out of the dorm because most of the emergency exit lights were dead after a minute. (bad batteries).

    How many people at the Hilton have a torch with them when they travel?

    People get so comfortable, but when the water and power goes away it takes about two hours to see who is a thinker and who is not. That’s true anywhere in the world and it’s usually people from less-developed countries who are most prepared.

  8. POLITICS

    I think the renters had a right to complain after spending that type of money.

    de Hood is correct. We did not experience a hurricane. If we did, Barbados would have been flattened!

  9. David G. Brooks

    All that crap aside, because regardless of how strong your roof is built it could be compromised by a small fast-travelling projectile … Tomas (officially) passed here at 70 mph which is just over 100 feet per second, they were reported gusts at 105 mph which is nearly 155 feet per second, so consider something heavier than your average BB gun which has higher velocities but much smaller projectiles … simple Physics.

    Anyway, what has me, like Politically Tired said, why no water tanks? For years now, Town & Country Planning stipulates that building/living (including car port, once it has a roof) over 1,500 sq. ft must have a 3,000 gal. tank. It cost me for my house a lot extra, by percentage, so why not them developers.

  10. bp

    The house does have a rainwater tank as do all of the rw houses. What it probably does not have is potable storage.

  11. POLITICS

    @David Brooks
    “…..simple Physics” Yeah, simple to those who majored in the subject. Not simple to those who majored in Economics, Law , Commerce, etc.

    Physics is a dead subject, like Latin.

    Engineering is the in-thing.

  12. JustSayinBajan

    Micah, you said, “The Barbados Government may wish to ensure that the persons who build, sell, or rent these high-end properties are not shortchanging or fleecing their customers with the reputation of Barbados being damaged in the process.”

    I am a Bajan, and I don’t think the reputation of Barbados has been damaged at all. The people who spent millions of dollars on over priced villas and then didn’t take the time to make sure the villas were built properly are the ones who look foolish. Many chattel houses that are worth next to nothing made it through the tropical storm without damage.

    The buyers of high-end properties are the ones who need to make sure they are not shortchanged. When we Bajans go to the U.S., Canada, the U.K. or elsewhere and purchase properties, we are responsible for making sure that the properties are built properly and can meet our needs. We can’t call on the governments of those countries to help us if properties we rent or purchase have problems.

    Foreigners need to quit calling on the government of Barbados to fix all of their problems. Things have gotten to the point now where if a foreigner stumps his or her toe in Barbados, he or she wants the Bajan government to get involved. Learn to handle matters at lower levels please. The people who had bad experiences in Mr. Rooney’s home need to complain to Mr. Rooney. Mr. Rooney in turn should complain to Royal Westmoreland or call his insurance company. He should consider compensating the renters for their inconvenience. The Bajan government shouldn’t be involved in this matter. Neither the Barbadian people nor the Barbadian government bear any responsibility for what goes on in private villas on the island.

  13. Hey BFP – You can’t control mother nature – stuff happens – especially during Hurricane season.

    It does not reflect on the island of Barbados – what is does reflect on is people who don’t get it. Did they seem to forget that many on the island were suffering from lack of water or electricity – and people in neighboring St Lucia died from this same storm?

    When you pay that kind of money and bad things happen, you will be refunded , and this is normally done privately rather than in the newspaper.
    And aside from being refunded, in many cases you will be given some extra perks for a future visit. And they got chicken!!!!!

  14. Duppy Parasol

    For the perspective of one of the other RW guests at the time of the storm go here: http://bbtravel.freeforums.org/post29052.html#p29052

  15. John

    POLITICS
    November 22, 2010 at 3:29 am
    @David Brooks
    “…..simple Physics” Yeah, simple to those who majored in the subject. Not simple to those who majored in Economics, Law , Commerce, etc.

    Physics is a dead subject, like Latin.

    Engineering is the in-thing.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    To do engineering you need physics!!!

    You might get away from physics if it is chemical engineering, but not civil, mechanical or electrical.

    It can’t be dead if engineering is the in thing.

  16. ComeHere

    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.

  17. David G. Brooks

    @POLITICS

    Sorry but Physics is not a dead subject … it has been relevant during and since the Big Bang and will be long after we are no longer around … everything you do, even when sleeping is controlled by the laws of physics.

    Its the basis of Engineering, Meteorology, Astronomy, Electricity, Oceanography, Geology, Archeology, the list goes on.

    And you don’t need a degree to calculate what I talked about … an O Level/CXC Physics – 16 year old -sudent could explain it.

  18. Weston

    Rooney earns 10 million pounds a year in wages alone. Why the hell is he bothering to rent out his house?

  19. Anonymous

    @ ComeHere November 22, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    You wrote quote:- “The point is that EVERYONE was caught flatfooted, including the inept government and salaried weather watchers. . . . ”
    ****************************************************************************
    I suggest that you check your facts again. I have been made to understand that it was not “de salaried weather watchers” that were caught flatfooted but rather “de ones who employ dem” and pay their salaries! Go figure. Remember “they” were attending to other “more important” business at that time!

  20. de hood

    Sorry, “Anonymous” post immediately above was mine

  21. living beyond your means

    “Rooney earns 10 million pounds a year in wages alone. Why the hell is he bothering to rent out his house?”

    probably because he spends 12 million pounds—something like our government

  22. de hood

    @ living beyond your means
    November 22, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Bear in mind though that there is just one little difference. “De guv’ment” aint got no conscience when it comes to “dragging” whatever extra they spend out out of the meagre earnings of the population to make up the shortfall of their “spenderama”!

  23. Politics

    @John/D Brooks
    You both are correct.
    Let me rephrase:
    Years ago,it was a very popular Bachelor’s major, but I have found that in recent times demand students have avoided it (why, I don’t know)

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  25. Politics

    Sorry that should have been “in recent times the demand for this program from students has declined”

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