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Barbados Police Photo Ban Spreads by imonz69

From all corners of the island reports are flooding-in to KoolBarbados of unprecedented acts of bravery and kindness by members of the Royal Barbados Police Force.

But for reasons unknown the uniformed Good Samaritans apparently all refuse to have their pictures taken and in a couple of instances have confiscated digital cameras and video recording devices.

An elderly woman in St. Thomas told this reporter she was unable to walk across – never mind around – the roundabout at Warrens Motors due to clogged traffic in all directions on Christmas Eve and despairing, asked a young police constable for help.

The lady said the kind young man radioed for assistance and in no time at all a familiar yellow and white SUV arrived to take her with siren wailing and blue light flashingobama around the roundabout and on to PriceSmart where she bought perilously late gifts for her grandchildren.

Passers-by who witnessed this magnanimous gesture tried to get a group picture of the lawmen with the delighted octagenarian. But to no avail. The police turned their backs to the camera and drove off at speed.

The story repeated itself after a young family from Manchester, England here for the Christmas holidays called the police in a state of panic. Shelby, their 2-year-old-toddler had toddled-off somewhere along Brighton Beach and fearing the worst they were mightily relieved to see a 50-men and women RBPF task force arrive in 2 busses and start an immediate beachcomb. Adding to their hopes that Shelby would be found safe and sound a Bajan Helicopter helicopter made low sweeps along the beach and in short shrift she was spotted under a tree asleep. The Manchester father had videoed much of the activity but as the force prepared to leave he was ordered to hand over the memory card and told he could collect it – wiped clean – on Boxing Day at police HQ.

This police shunning-publicity syndrome was nowhere more obvious than early on Christmas Morning when two teenage girls from Detroit were apparently strolling on the East Coast beach north of Bathsheba when a handsome young and muscular man wearing only shorts jogged towards them. Impressed, aroused and desperate to make contact one feigned being in difficulty in the rolling surf while the other awkwardly blocked his way and tried to engage him in conversation. After dragging the one girl over the sand to safety the young chap was polite and friendly but became agitated when the other took out her Canon CT20. “I may have saved her but I may have to arrest you because I’m a cop,” he said. “Oh yeah! Show me some identification,” said the younger of the girls, giggling. And was still looking at him longingly as he sped off at high-speed, zig-zagging to remain out of focus.

Only after she called KoolBarbados to report this bizarre incident and was told of similar stories did she concede he may have been a genuine policeman.

Why this reluctance to be photographed? Is it the age-old fear of a shiny metal box stealing the victim’s soul? Or perhaps more likely a clever RBPF public relations stunt to shroud the force in impenetrable mystery and thereby promote recruitment?

All attempts to reach senior officers for edification proved fruitless but an 18-year-old police cadet currently on probation, in training and not at all sure he really wants to be a policeman did ask if we could put him in touch with the two Americans. “Tell ’em I look much better than old man Obama and I don’t mind being dragged along beaches or wherever and being photographed or videoed while doing it.”

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“The Global Credit Crunch is Barbados’ Opportunity” by imonz69

profcorey1Here are excerpts from a speech made yesterday to a large crowd in the PriceSmart parking lot by controversial Professor Irwin Corey, Head of the Tropical Tourism Faculty at Harvard Business School and a candidate for World Tourism Secretary in the new Barack Obama Cabinet.

“The Global Credit Crunch is Barbados’ opportunity. And I’ll tell you why. Stop wasting your treasure and time by concentrating on outdated “sticky-plaster” solutions. That make not one whit of difference.

“Not one additional tourist will come to Barbados even if departure/add-on taxes are reduced. And 99.99% of tourists have never heard of LIAT, never mind LIAT’s fuel cost problems.

“Haven’t you yet understood some of the biggest companies in the world can’t sell their product(s)? Not even when they slash prices. I just bought a 2009 Dodge Truck and today Chrysler announces they’re stopping all production until end-January. I shudder at my resale value already.

“Get it into your heads lots of people have no money and are deep in debt.

“And spending more on advertising doesn’t help if your target audience can’t pay credit card bills.

“There is a worldwide RECESSION. Which calls for thinking “outside the bun.”

“I repeat – the entire Barbados marketing, advertising and selling community must come straight out, admit we’re all in a RECESSION too and reposition the island as making a major investment to recover what made it so attractive in the first place.

“Start an advertising campaign immediately in Britain, Canada and the U.S.A. showing how you’re “beautifying” the island. Making it a delight to visit.

“Go so far as to say, “These are hard times, we understand that, but when the hard economic times pass – as they will – you’ll find a totally renovated Barbados waiting to receive you with broad beaches and open arms.”

“As my friend Kevin Costner keeps saying, “Build it and they will come.”

“And does PriceSmart sell 80 inch Panasonic Plasma TV’s duty-free?”

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