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    Canadian Fella warning tourists to stay away from TnT

    So far the reading is good. I'll have to get back to it. But here is the site.

    Trinidad & Tobago Warning
    I hath 9 and 90 tribulations and nary a one doth concern a wench!

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    wow....

    I def. feel him on attempting to conduct business (gov't agencies).
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    Yeah chinks....i've only gotten to that so far and it rings so true that i can't even hate on the dude. Moving on the the assault incident later.
    I hath 9 and 90 tribulations and nary a one doth concern a wench!

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    ummm okay
    not trying to be mean but how is what happened to him worse than the badges of honor he so proudly speaks of
    Noonan has travelled the world, been robbed at gunpoint in Bahamas, got stuck in the middle of a gunfight in Florida, and camped feet away from murderers profiled by America’s Most Wanted.

    But he says nothing prepared him for the trouble he encountered in the Caribbean island of Tobago
    he got into a bar fight, insisted that someone be charged with assault, was threatened by said person after the incident. that could happen anywhere, however i'll say they it shouldn't have been as big a struggle to get the man charged but hey lemme continue reading
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    Quote Originally Posted by dedetriniking View Post
    So far the reading is good. I'll have to get back to it. But here is the site.

    Trinidad & Tobago Warning
    I have learned that ones experience is never indicative of all others experience. but if this is what he has experienced first hand then there must be a level of validity to his claims.
    I guess it comes down to being with the right people and the wrong people and knowing where to go and when to go. i have never been to trinidad but i still hope to visit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by islandhopper View Post
    I have learned that ones experience is never indicative of all others experience. but if this is what he has experienced first hand then there must be a level of validity to his claims.
    I guess it comes down to being with the right people and the wrong people and knowing where to go and when to go. i have never been to trinidad but i still hope to visit.
    No question that your overall experience anywhere you go depends on who you're with and where you go. A lot of the frustration with government agencies does ring true though.

    The fella's writing style makes for good easy reading. I've just gotten past the assault and his dealing with customs.

    What he describes parrots exactly some of the things my brother says as reasons why he could never live in TnT on a long term basis ever again. Different strokes for diff folks.

    I'll read the rest of his experiences later.
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    From the website:

    Red Tape

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    Episode #5: Government Red Tape


    The following is a factual account and is presented as a series of short stories relating to my dealings with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago involving various departments including Customs, Immigration, National Security, the Department of Industry and Trade, Motor Licensing, Maritime, Land and Survey, Port Authority, Ferry Service, Custom Brokers, the Police Department and the Office of the Prime Minister.

    Most Caribbean Islands rely heavily on tourists by offering an abundance of sun and sand. Several of the islands are heavily subsidized by their infrastructure through annual grants from England, Canada, France and the United States. Some of the islands have the foresight to add offshore banking such as the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands. These and other islands offer additional incoming generating services including internet gambling, data processing and even pornography. However, since the Trinidad and Tobago Islands are blessed with having oil and large natural gas and methane reserves, this gives these islands a constant supply of foreign currency, which none of the other islands possess. This large reliable source of cash gives the Trinidad and Tobago Islands the opportunity to operate their government differently.

    The Trinidad and Tobago’s various governmental departments are set up like quasi welfare programs. What cash that is actually filtered down to the public servants is distributed with the false pride that causes them to believe that they are actually doing something for the money. It is as if the mentality is that, “I am not a bum! I work for the government.” Also, the majority of “Civil Servants” do not actually make very much money per hour. However, they make up for it by not working the hours they are paid for. For example, if the government office is to open at 8:00 a.m., it is common knowledge that someone may not be there to open the office until around 8:30 a.m. Other staff members will begin arriving after that and the citizens will still have to wait until they are done drinking coffee, reading the paper, catch up on personal events, texting, and watching a little T.V.

    The approximate population of Tobago is between 45,000 to 50,000 residents. What is amazing is that it is estimated that up to 50% of the working population is employed by the government.

    Patrons are forced to sit there all of this time having to wait to conduct business. Please keep in mind that this is done right in front of the patrons. They are forced to being subjected to this kind of treatment while being completely ignored. On occasion, someone with authority finally stands up and states, “May I help you?” Unfortunately, most of the time the comment is more like, “What do you want?” with the understood attitude of “Why are you bothering me?”

    I have personally witnessed on several occasions from various governmental agencies the following scenarios. While waiting in line after the office has opened, they will then get coffee prior to working. Then, it is time for lunch. Once they return from lunch, they do some more work until it is time to go home. However, very few staff actually stay until it is time to close. They begin disappearing one by one so when it is time to close, only a few are still there to service the customers. It is as if they have been trained to operate an office this way due to the consistency I have witnessed from various government offices. It also appears that the government employees have been trained to find the smallest of details to use as a way of saying “No” or “we cannot do that” etc.

    This is due to the fact that, in all actuality, very few officials are given the authority to say “Yes.” They are only given the authority to say “No.” It appears that, as long as they say “No,” nobody gets into trouble for not doing their job. However, they are afraid to say “Yes” for fear that there may be repercussions later. It may be simply due to the fact that it makes their job easier when they say “no” because it takes less work on their part. Also, to add to the confusion, if you ask the same question to 3 different people, you will get at least two different answers.
    I hath 9 and 90 tribulations and nary a one doth concern a wench!

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