This subject really distresses me. A lot of my family live around the corner from this location and I am sick to death of being approached by these wasters. I have also posted a message on barbados free press regarding this issue.
The police must & do know who these scum are & need to deal with it. Before I used one of my uncles car when I went to visit over there...I would hire a car. In Barbados, the registration starts with 'H', obviously meaning hire car. You are a target and they try to stop you by diverting you and saying , "CONSTRUCTION",
DO NOT STOP!!!! and just carry on your journey.
I was just there last November visiting my family around the corner and because I was in a hire vehicle they stood in front of the car. The fat guy and his lemmings got a shock cos I put my foot down and they had to jump out of the way.
They now know that I have family seconds away..and knowing who my family are they now let me pass but if I was a tourist they would have stopped me.
I have my suspicions why this still goes on but if Barbados wants to keep it's tourits then they need to sort it out.
I just wrote the government and the PM responded:
"I believe that this matter has been investigated and I have certainly received no other negative reports"
My wife and I just returned from Barbados. We were shaken down by "Sean" and his friends and paid $10 to pass. (He preferred a "purple note" though.)
He rambled on about how the road was closed, then said something about how there was a nice place to take a photo up ahead, and also mentioned something about the singer Billy Ocean. The verbal delivery of the scam was all over the place.
He actually jumped in the backseat of our Moke for a few minutes, which was a bit frightening. Alas we paid and moved on.
It is indeed still a problem.
I'm sorry that happened to you! As you say scary if someone gets in your moke and you really can't do anything about it when you have open sides on your car. I can't believe this is still happening!
Things sure have changed. I had planned to take my husband up that way in Jun. He's a big man so we might not have too much trouble but still. How sad that people have to deal with this. When I lived there we had some problems with people getting robbed (especially Military when the ships were in port) but I never heard of something such as this.
For those who are interested, I emailed the office of the Prime Minister, the head of the police and the Ministry of Tourism:
firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>; firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>; firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
I also sent emails to some northern businesses to let thm know that I would not be visiting them because of this.
Good for you Chrisb1976,
Please let us know what replies if any you receive.
I mentioned it to a friend of mine at the US Embassy who happens to live in the Parish over from there and he hadn't heard of it. I plan to contact a few of my other friends at the Embassy and see what I can find out. I like the idea of writing to the Govt and expressing concern. Nothing will happen until someone holds their feet to the fire.
""Nothing will happen until someone holds their feet to the fire""
...That 's a little harsh !!!! ..but if it works