Daily Archives: July 19, 2012

TripAdvisor on Boscobel Toll Gang: UK tourist says “steer clear of Boscobel unless you want to get mugged!”

“The road is closed. I need ten dollars.”

“HARASSMENT OF VISITORS from drug pushers, prostitutes and vendors is threatening the local tourism industry, says Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association (BHTA) president Patricia Affonso-Dass…”

… from The Nation article: Threat to tourism

Ms. Affonso-Dass is correct: tourists are increasingly aware of and sensitive to safety issues. Barbados is still one of the safest Caribbean vacation destinations, and is way safer than the Bahamas, Belize, St. Lucia and a host of other nations…

But…

We haven’t been paying enough attention to an increase in violent crime and crimes against tourists. We can’t stop tourists from talking on the internet about their bad experiences – but we can focus the entire might of the law on a few bad apples who are destroying our international reputation. The Boscobel Toll Gang has been operating for at least seven years. Isn’t that long enough?

The question is: Why haven’t the police taken care of the Boscobel Toll Gang years ago? Why don’t they maintain this as a priority?

This is no longer a problem with a few thugs in Boscobel. This is a management problem with the Royal Barbados Police Force. Period.

TripAdvisor: Barbados Boscobel Toll Gang

Boscobel Toll Gang

by wintersun2010

Just a word of warning to anyone planning to hire a car and drive themselves around the island…

Just got back from an amazing trip to Barbados. The only negative part was that we ran into the Boscobel toll gang.

Reading some of the accounts I have read online, I think we got off pretty lightly, but it was still a pretty scary experience. Continue reading

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Office etiquette: Is it wrong for me to say, “Wow… Nice tits!” ???

Boys will be boys – especially if the girls encourage them.

by Nevermind Kurt (apparently under the influence of a stiff shot of rum. – Marcus)

Does it matter? Is the President of the Barbados National Council for Parent Teacher Associations being unreasonable in her observations?

The president of this country’s National Council for Parent Teacher Associations (NCPTA) is calling for the licence of the Wadadah Cultural Club to be revoked, to prevent the annual Back2School fete from being staged every Crop Over festival.

Rhonda Blackman told the WEEKEND NATION yesterday that she still had “grave issues” with the staging of the event, since it not only promoted misuse and defacing of school uniforms, but sent a horrible message to Barbadian youth regarding respect for those uniforms, as well as a mixed message regarding their behaviour.

… from the Nation article Wadadah under heavy criticism

My friends remember that two years ago at work I was savaged by management, torn to pieces really, because I had the audacity to get caught looking at some very nice cleavage sported by the woman in the next office over. I was cautioned about my ‘roving eyes’ and sexism. The bosses didn’t like my humorous response that maybe I should craft my pants to show an inch or two of the python – just a hint – for the sake of fashion. I’m so damned confused at work I don’t even want to say hello anymore to anyone wearing a skirt and that includes the 54 year old division manager.

Girls, if you want to let it hang out – expect me to stare. And don’t be surprised if nothing gets done during the weekly strategy session: you wave that thing at me and I have other strategies on my mind. That’s the way the good Lord made me.

I’m a man.

Nevermind Kurt

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