STEVE AND TONY,Steve Wooler wrote:Hello Tony
I can't win, can I? To be totally honest, I was so angered by Michael’s initial post that I very nearly deleted it. However, after I calmed down, I decided not to break my own rules and simply censored the message to delete the shameful slur and accusation against the Rex Turtle Beach hotel.
What stopped me? Well, I'm conscious of the fact that some (less than regular) visitors/readers feel that members of the community - myself included - are all too ready to jump down the throat of those that do not enjoy their holiday on Tobago or who levy criticism against the island.
I can only speak for myself. The fact is that I live and breathe Tobago. Apart from feedback/reports in this forum, there is not a day that I don’t receive at least 6-10 emails from people on the island and/or visitors reporting situations to me. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t have a telephone conversation with someone, here or there, on matters relating to tourism on the island. I may only spend a couple of months a year on the island, but in many ways that is for the good, for two reasons: Firstly, it allows me to keep more of an objective perspective on things, and b) I can actually often get more information, more quickly, here in the UK than I could if I was on-island. Don’t ask why, but that’s fact.
Whether people like it or not, whether they agree with me or not, the fact is that I have a damn good sense of what is right and what is not; what is true and what is not; on most matters pertaining to the island. I cannot stand injustice. When I feel that someone is being unfair – or, even worse, has deeper ulterior motives – yes, I WILL jump down their throat.
So, why did I not react more strongly to Michael’s post? Well, I tried to check the facts first. Apart from wanting to find out whether the hotel had suffered a rash of petty thieving in recent weeks (and of which I had not heard), I also wanted more information from Michael. Such as, were the stolen items in a locked suitcase? He hasn’t replied to this question, I note.
I’m not going to comment further on Michael’s post and subsequent replies. Frankly, I think they speak for themselves. However, what I WILL say, for the benefit of all non-regular Tobago visitors is that I have NO knowledge of thievery at Crown Point airport. In fact, as I have already said and others have confirmed, the layout and nature of the airport means that any theft is HIGHLY UNLIKELY if not impossible.
Michael also claimed that theft was a common problem at the Rex Turtle Beach Resort. It is true that this is not the first time that these accusations have been made. When you examine the reports, however, you find one common denominator. These thefts are always from ground-floor rooms some distance from the main pool/admin block and always(?)/invariably occur when the guests have left their front balcony doors open. I can see how/why it happens, but frankly leaving your room empty and the French doors open while you nip up to the bar for another drink is an open invitation to itinerant beach vendors (and other guests).
I can only echo your sentiments, Tony. I have seen absolutely no evidence to suggest that theft is more of a problem in Tobago than at any other holiday destination. In fact I would go far further and suggest that it is far LESS of a problem than most places.
Steve Pitts wrote:Hi John
Tobago is like any other country, where modern music and fashion cultures from the USA and Europe have pervaded the mainly deeply religious and law-abiding communities.
The young people are now more in tune with the materialistic messages of MTV's R&B video shows - then there are the tourists flocking to their Island, who sometimes flaunt their wealth unneccesarily.
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