So, who are the REAL Teefs’ … ? written by Big Virge 6/10/2015

Okay so, not so many blog posts these days, unless something,
REALLY …. Stirs me to write sumthin’ … !!!!!

Well, apart from having some kind of Alcatrazesque, barbed wire security protection, placed alongside the front of the property next door to where I currently rent … due to my evidently, NOT SO …. ” Diplomatic “, neighbours from England, who still, some months after moving in, treat me like some kind of freak of nature, not worthy, to be found anywhere near their ilk … SMH !!!!!

Anyway, get it CLEAR Fukwits … I RENT … so, targeting me, really makes no sense when the wealthy people, are the white folks who surround me !!?!!

Anyhow, i’ve been fortunate that things of a violent, or, pilfering nature, have been far enough away from my place of residence, for me to have not felt, particularly uncomfortable, with much that has been going on here, of recent.

However, coming out of my place in the early afternoon, on Monday, it was somewhat shocking & disturbing, to find the majority of my rear windscreen, either on the ground, or, on my backseat, due to somebody attempting to send me a message, that, was either, supposed to scare me, or, some fool, attempting to rob something of value, that was left in my car ?

Well, UNLUCKY … you punk !!!!!

I’m not foolish enough to do that again, having already had a jacket lifted, presumably, due to me perhaps, leaving the car open, with a jacket in plain sight, or, some such foolishness.

Once bitten … Twice … DENIED … !!!!!

Well, the damage was truly shocking … !!!

I’ve now heard everything, from using a simple spark plug, which would be able to shatter the glass, to, as a couple of Black Barbadians have said to me, it not being, too far fetched to believe that, due to the area I live in, one of the white folks in the area, (maybe my neighbours ???) … deciding to pay some little street urchin to do it, to try to get me to leave …. !!!!!

….. to ….

the idea that my alarm, which clearly didn’t go off … only working, where the sensors are placed, which is along the side, rather than throughout the vehicle ?!?

Well, either my thief is a Toyota specialist, or he just had a moment of enlightenment !!!

My feeling is that this was a very early hours, smash & grab, like 4.30 – 5-30 a.m, type of time, as the nocturnal man I’ve become, would of been up, right up to 3.30 fa sure, on the night in question.

Anyway, it is what it is, someone attempted a move, it’s success, well, damage to a car … ???

Well done … Jackass !!!!!

However, what it has exposed is how the REAL THIEVES of this world, work their magic, without ever really being challenged by the, ever so dumbed down, programmed, slave mentality thinking, sheople of todays’ world.

Now the individual I spoke with at, Brydens’ Insurance, was indeed, a very cool individual, so, in fairness to them, to protect their identity, they shall remain nameless, but, upon conversation with said individual, it was evident just how these snakes of todays’, corporate industry, especially insurers, be ripping people off, left right and centre !!!!!

Now Camrys’ are rare in Barbados, and for some reason, hold some degree of status here, well that status is reflected in the insurance costs people !!!!!

So, you’d expect the allegedly, most advanced, of the Caribbean islands, would have things in place to effect, immediate, and speedy actions and repairs right ?

Errr WRONG !!!!!

Firstly, Nassco are on some fukry’ policy, that basically means, parts are very rarely available immediately, presumably, to save them costs on storage … ???

Again … FOR THEM … to save costs !!!!!

They choose to keep stock levels, ” low “, which, translates into, customers being made to wait, in this case, 3 ENTIRE, F’ing weeks, for a windscreen replacement to be sourced !!!?!!!

Do planes not transport people in a day, or lets say, from Japan, in a couple of days now !?!

So, let’s be real for, just for a sec’ … Camrys’ are popular cars in the … wait …

US of A, just a few hours, across the Rasshole’ water !!!!!

So, can someone explain to me, why a customer of a company that has a site in the centre of Barbados, cannot obtain a part, faster than three weeks, without having to pay some, triple the price fee, to get it ???

Does that seem very advanced … ???

Errr …. NOT in my book, but hey, part of the stupid f’ing reasoning is … Toyotas are such reliable cars, that parts are rarely needed …..

Didn’t know windscreens had a functional role, other than to complete the car, so, that it’s Hmmm … COMPLETE … !?!?!

NOT … !!! … so it drives better, or, performs better, but, so that all the other parts that are functional, and, drivability dependent, can be allowed to do so, with some degree of comfort.

What kind of ass is that nonsense … ?!?

Okay, so, moving on, the insurers, Brydens, have a clause in their policy that only allows for vehicle replacements to only be availed until the 2000 dollar excess is used up …..

Hmmm, fair enough, but when, as per this instance, there is an exceptional circumstance, that is nothing to do with the driver, but, the f’ing idiot people at Toyota here, that cost and inconvenience, is then put on the customers plate, rather than the company who has a relationship with the insurance company, that provides business for them, in such circumstances.

Are y’all with me so far … ???

Okay, let’s continue … so, of course my first question to, said individual, at Brydens was,

Can’t you guys hurry up the Toyota guys, to ensure that I don’t need a hire car for more than two weeks.

Then, the truth started to come out about storage, and cutting costs, and oh yes … Differing opinions, bordering on extensive discussions, which sound like arguments, regarding their willingness to, shake a leg, with some speed, for the customers benefit ….

Barbados is renowned for the INCREDIBLY, bad customer service … !!!!! … ESPECIALLY, if you’re NOT WHITE, are black, and were born elsewhere, even if your parents were born and raised Bajans … ?!?

However, this is not a totally fair reflection of all the people you may have to deal with, some, like said individual, at Brydens, was very frank and honest about the way things work here.

This however, does not excuse the standards that seem to be accepted, as acceptable, when they are so far from being that !!!!!

Is this what makes tourists say, “They love the place” … ???

…. because they can return to the dark ages for a while whilst being pampered and complimented by the good ol’, slaves of Barbados in the sun ???

Doesn’t seem like the tourist board have their priorities straight !!!

It is an, Absolute Disgrace, that in 2015, insurance payments that can amount to large amounts of money, do not get sourced to cover an unfortunate incident, like having your rear windshield smashed by some street villain ….. !!!!!

Insignificant as it is, in the bigger issues of peoples lives, it is not something that should be swept under the carpet.

Poor people suffer, due to inabilities to better their surroundings from a financial perspective, those of us, slightly further up the ladder, work hard & save, so that we can pay to elevate ourselves from having to struggle, or live in, not so pleasant, environments, but then, as has been established from rap to corporate business, this does not necessarily avail a blissful existence.

Mo’ Money … Mo’ Problems … !!!!!
as per, Notorious B.I.G.

So, before people get it twisted, there is a need for some perspective, but, these thieving companies should be exposed for the practises they employ, that do not benefit their customers, whether they do or don’t have lots of money, or, the right skin colour/connections etcetera …..

So, let me guess, the Toyota windscreens are so, Bad Ass, they just fix themselves, when the villains go, and we drivers never know any better !!!!!

Errrr NOT …. so, I get sorted with a replacement, which is not a 1600CC vehicle, as specified as being the only vehicles my policy avails.

Now i’m all for favours, but, come on now, it shouldn’t be, as a favour, or, due to my challenging the words of the policy, that I receive, a vehicle befitting of my size, but, one comparable to the car I drive, that I pay these teefs’, money to insure.

Okay so, great, got the car organised, but remember, only for two weeks, so, it’ll have to go back, if it takes three weeks to facilitate the repair to mine !!!

Leaving me, without a vehicle … !!?!!

Ahhhhh, but if I get my wallet out, that can be sorted … as if I don’t pay a yearly fee which may not even, as is the case for most, be drawn upon during the year we pay cover for ???

Errrr again, UNACCEPTABLE … !!!!!

How much teefing’ is going on here exactly ???

My car, which was the victim of a robbery attempt, has lost nothing, except a windshield for a few weeks !!!!!

Hold on though, wait …….

The vehicle I have been provided with, will still have an excess that I will have to pay for !!! …. and oh, hold on once more, due to the hire company … (Venture, opposite the airport), providing you with a full tank of fuel, and therefore, asking that the vehicle be returned, with a full tank, I have to pay them a 100 dollar deposit, just in case it isn’t returned full up !!!!!

Wow, trust issues or what ?!?

Insurance & Hire companies in Bim’, as well as Nassco, have got some way to go to match the service levels found in other parts of the world, that really are ADVANCED, in terms of this stuff.

…. and, as Lexus is part of Toyota, these guys should be held to standard, as Lexus DO NOT PLAY, when it comes to service, and I know this from personal experience, which makes the way that Nassco operate here, an embarrassment to their good name, in my view !!!!!

The likes of Lexus, being the benchmark for, excellent service, with a smile, that does not deviate, until you, the customer, is TOTALLY HAPPY … !!!!!

Teefin’ goes on with them, like any other corporate institution, i’m sure, but, they have at least recognised, that wherever possible, if they can stretch to accommodate, they should and do, for their customers.

I have just received my hire car, so, am not yet aware of whether i’m to have such courtesies extended to me, due to the situation I have found myself in, through doing nothing other than parking outside where I live !!!

If this is … ” Advanced ” … Barbados … ???

DAMN … !!!!!

Y’all need to check wha’ part you reach, with your advancements, because POOR policing, seems to have allowed for this to happen, POOR business practises, are delaying a speedy and efficient service, and, excesses are costing me money, that shouldn’t even be on the radar, according to what Brydens has already had out of my ass, for at least, a year and half of no claims being made, and that is no small amount of money, let me tell ya !!!!!

The only Excess that needs to be addressed, is the excessive, buck passing, and robbery of customers, who are paying for services, that, hmmmm … they need to be availed … let’s say, for arguments sake … within 3 weeks !!!!!!

It’s such a shame that an island as beautiful as this, with, some highly intelligent and resourceful people, could be resigned to stick to the dubious standards of a greedy few, who manage, as well as be, stuck in the rut of subservience, which is followed, religiously, by the majority of employees, who are either, robotic clones, or, amazingly, attitude filled, inept, or, unreliable workers.

However, to just make a final point on the original issue, robbery, and the general vibe of things in Bim’ currently.

Well, even the pick up driver for my vehicle , was quick to state that, the robbery is indicative of the problems the underbelly of Barbados, currently face, and, just how hard it has become to trust anyone anymore. As he stated, he leaves work, leaves people alone, and is happiest when he can close his front door to the world, due to the ignorance, and, criminality that is getting closer and closer to home.

These are global issues to me, but, I live in a very small part of it now, so, it would be a lie to say, I am not somewhat disturbed, however, if we do not stop these corporate thieves from stealing from the coffers, that we all pay into, for services, and for government agencies to provide safe environments for us to live in, these acts of reckless, lawlessness, may be an increasing problem, that, cannot be so easily nullified !

I have hopefully dealt with, an exception to the rule at Brydens, but, as they told me, it’s those above, who have to be persuaded to do what, essentially, should require … NO PERSUASION …

As for my vehicle return ….

I guess like Bob done say …..

“I’m still waiting ……”

Chuh …..

Barbados in 2015 ….. !!!

Pride & Industry … ???

Hmmm LOTS of Pride alright, but even more … TOMFOOLERY …

Chuupse …..

Teefing going on fa sure, but there are a number of Teefs’, who are not breaking into cars, they’re the ones who sit on Corporate Boards, demanding we pay, exorbitant amounts for parts, and then, pay pretty high rates of insurance, for the same cars, that cover about as much as dey’ ass !!!!!

Chuh’ …..

If you’re wondering how these companies make money, well, i’ve been advised there is somewhere in the region of a 500% mark up on parts, which has to be added for them to apparently make a profit, because the 212% duty, on new vehicles is crippling, but, not as much as the tasty handouts that the Government seem to be making on all things motor vehicle related on this island !!!

The same ministers who seem to be able to spend 300 thousand dollars, and more, to buy themselves and their family members, Mercedes, Range Rovers, and the like !!!!!

If only the villains would aim their aspirations higher ….. they might feed themselves for a year by just teefin’ a wheel and tire, from some of the TRULY, High fliers ….

Not that i’d encourage that sort of thing … of course … !!!!!

Bless up y’all. and don’t just take what they offer, ask and enquire, as to what you are entitled to, and check to see, whether there are companies offering better deals that suit you and your needs ….

Don’t let them play you like a fool … be shrewd, or as the individual at Brydens defined me as being … PRUDENT … in your dealings with these companies !!!!!

Bless, stay safe and good out there ……

The Virge …..

Outtie.

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Hawaii (Pt I) written by Big Virge 18/11/2014

Hawaii

Okay so American Airlines officially suck ass … !!!!!

Delayed flight, which in turn, created a quite unnecessary debate with my clearly, money hungry taxi driver, about my being, apparently disrespectful, due to my not being, out at the front of my current residence, standing to attention, like a good lil’ bwoy, awaiting her arrival, at our, apparently, arranged time !!!

WHATEVER LOVE !!!!!

However, as I tried to explain to her, but failed, due to her unwillingness to acknowledge her part in this disconnect, a phone call would have made me realise she was waiting and that she had another job to get to !!!

Ahhhhh, but of course, she didn’t have my number !!!!

The one I called her on to book the taxi ??? which she conveniently, hmmmm … ??? did not have in her … NEW PHONE !!!!

Well, due to her, indignant rhetoric, it’s unlikely that i’ll be using her again !!!

Thus, hence begins the crazy day that was to start at the check out desk, due to my name not appearing on the, Robocop, check in units, which I am steadily growing to hate …. !!!!!

Now, as per usual, my appearance had the steward, seemingly, reluctant to help me, until she caught the good ol’ saviour, of my British Tones, bellow at her, as I began to realise there was a problem, one which was about to ground my wish to get away from Bim for a few, to see Hawaii for the first time !!!!!

Ohhhh Fuck !!!!!

Surely, not a booking mistake from the online booking vibe, again, f’ing Robocop style !!!!

When will we learn, that, all that is mechanised, is not necessarily beneficial for human needs ?

In this case, like ensuring that my f’ing ESTA … a.k.a. – A visa permit to travel through the U.S. Of …. Anal Retentive Fukry, had not expired !!!

Well of course it’s my fault that, having previously been told my initial application was valid for two years, that having been to Philly, barely 15 months before, I figured I was good to go, only to find at the check in line, that my visa was only valid for … YUP … A year !!!!!

Hence my technology grievance, as they seem to hold so many details about people online, i’m thinking that maybe, airlines should have a flag come up against any individual, when said persons’ name, comes up as not having a valid visa, for a particular country, books a flight to said country ???

Surely they collect enough taxation money from us to provide a service like that, for again, their countries security, thats seems to be, OH SO IMPORTANT, Right … ???

Must be me, and must be, too much for the money grabbers who deal in this type of online tech, to add to their programmes’ capabilities …. YEAH RIGHT !!!

Well, the catalogue of my days nonsensical events was about to get much worse !!!!

So, having been formally told off by, said stewardess, about my, NOT, checking the date of expiry on my original application, she advised me that I could do it online if I could get wifi in the airport, and had a laptop !!!!

Well here’s where my Bruce Willis, Boy Scout, action hero imitation, took to jigging … !!! 

…. but hold on, this is Grantley Adams airport, how good will the internet provision be … ?!?

Well, much like the help I received from the counter girl in the coffee shop, damn, was the speed SLOW !!!

However, Flight Delay … REMEMBER. !!!!

So, as excruciating as it was to get through the online form … I did it in what seemed to be, the nick of time…. So, back in line with reference number …. only to be immediately asked by the Steward, ” ESTA Expiry Date ? “, back to that old, ball sack again…. !!!!

Well as suggested, I was prepared for him !!! I had taken the reference number down on purpose because of my expecting some kind of red tape requirement to get on my plane !!!

So, no surprises there !!!

The steward had to verify an expiry date ??? As if that is what should be of relevance ?!?

Surely my validity to come into the states should be more important ?

…. but hey, we’re in what I deem to be, a backward age of … ” Regressive Progression “, in many ways, so, once he went through whatever system he needed, to verify my ESTA’s EXPIRY DATE, he checked me in after springing on me, that, ANY luggage being checked in now, on American Airlines, has a fee !!! And there it is ….
Money, Money …MONEY … !!!

The American Ethos, and daylight F’ing robbery, from the visa crap to the luggage crap, if Al Qaeda does bomb them, is it any wonder ??? They have probably been trying to charge them man, for the individual hairs of their beards !!!!!

Just kidding !!!

Guantanamo ain’t a place, American  Airlines needs to add to their list of destinations, just for me !!!!!!

So, finally all was well, and through I went ..,…. To be cont…..

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A bit of … “Here”, leading to some of … “There” … Philly Diaries 1 … written by Big Virge 20/6/2013

Yes Yes folks ….

What’s good in your zone … ???

Well, in mine, down the south coast of Bim, surrounded by white folks, it ain’t a joke, as the rogues looking to get a quick pay off, are getting close !!!

Prior to leaving these shores recently, it had become evident that many south coast beach front properties were being robbed, even the Jamaican PM’s fam had a safe taken, apparently !!!

Now, the interesting part of that story is that, in speaking to a Jamaican buddy, who has a business here, recently, his reaction was most interesting when hearing about the robbery of Jamaican Dignitaries ….

His reaction was,

“Good, she and her family continue to leave people impoverished whilst living a lavish lifestyle, and then, have the cheek to claim to care about the poor people of Jamaica !!!”

Harsh right !!!?!!!

Well, upon reflection, one would need to assess any level of sympathy you have for people of such ilks, and those, within the hierarchies of society ……..

I do not advocate, robbing and teefing on any level, however, much like Chris Rock done say bout’ beating woman,

“I ain’t about to beat them, but, I will shake the shit out of a bitch, to wake her the fuck up !!!” …. (paraphrased of course) ….

So, in applying it to Barbados and the slow, but sure, rise in crime, who deserves to be robbed, or, better still, who can afford to be robbed uh people ???

I just picked up some food in the Lanterns Mall, and had a discussion with the girls, who were quick to say that, you know what, all these poor people, robbing who they think have money, well, as one of those who isn’t, poverty stricken, but, who still needs to get paid to maintain, I would say this to these young brothers :

“Fellas, is it me, or, is it those around me, who are affecting your ability to live as you’d like ?!?”

“Are your ideals of what you NEED, in perspective and logical ?!?”

….. come on guys, robbing your own is not cool, even if they may live a little differently, note, differently, NOT BETTER, material things, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT …… make a Happy Person !!!

Hard as it is to believe, dont let the big cars, trophy wives and husbands, fool you, behind closed doors, many of these people are some of the most unhappy, twisted, lost souls you will ever find, believe in that … !!!

….. just look at how some of these REALLY HIGH PROFILE actors die, not peacefully, in many cases.

Thus, a quick RIP to James Gandolfini !!!

I know i’m gonna get a WHAT !?!, from most people, but, never watched a full episode of The Sopranos, but, in anything i’ve seen with him, he was always very good, and by initial tributes, seemed to be a very cool dude offscreen !!!

R.I.P. JG

So, talking of cool people, and the US, here is my first instalment of my Philadelphia diaries …..

However, due to this news of men moving in my area, waving and pointing guns at workers, during the day, I have to start with a conversation I had with my new, Jamaican, U.S. buddy, “Reggae Surge”, from G-Town radio, who spoke on a situation he was part of, not so long ago in Jamaica, having been raised there, but, having spent a lengthy period away from the island.

He explained how he had returned to JA, for a holiday, and was in his old neighbourhood, so, had decided to go for a walk in his old district, late one night. He got into what would of been an old stomping ground, and said that he felt as if there was danger in the air, but, due to his being Jamaican, felt comfortable to carry on walking, but, having got to an old block of his, was quickly, in essence, scoped by a guy on a stoop, who, immediately spoke to him in a very aggressive tone, only for him to be shouted at by a man behind him, who knew Surge, from way back, who quickly explained to the man,

“Yow, he is so and so’s nephew/whatever, jus cool nah man, and let man roll !!!”.

Surge said he was told in no uncertain terms afterwards, “Don’t move so bredrin, Jamaica has changed, so, cool you cool, but, watch yourself !!!”.

Now, Jamaica seems to get a bad rep, I have yet to go, but, it does sound as though people need to recognise, from a global perspective, the dangers of being a … “Have Not”, in todays’ society of … ” Bling Blang Wrong !!! ”

I had a conversation in my hotel in Philly, with a couple from Connecticut, so, ofcourse, I brought up the subject of the Newton shootings with this elderly couple, now, it was clear that the husband was wary, but, had asked me for local info, thinking I was a local, but, when I started on the school shooting, his wife/partner, was quick to express her sadness and dismay at such a crazy happening, but, it always begs the question in my mind, it’s fine when we black folks have got it going on in our neighbourhoods, but, once it encroaches on white folks bliss-filled, neighbourhoods, it’s a SERIOUS matter, that needs to be addressed, with immediate effect !!!

Hmmmm, one has to hope that these days, less of these primitive attitudes exist, but, in reality, it would seem, as it has always done, as though the importance of safety for people, does not revolve around black communities.

Sad, but, I think, ultimately true.

In leaving this subject for now, I was explaining to the girls in Lanterns. that, the mindset of the people robbing, is seriously corrupted, when, as i’ve quoted before, men like RZA speak it loud and clear in interviews ….

Ask a F’ing Nigga to go rob some OTHER Niggas, they’re in the car before you, but ask them to go after Police, or, heaven forbid, Politicians, and those within the Corporate World, who hold the REAL MONEY, and who truly live, in my opinion, way beyond their needs, not only is there …. silence ……….

….. but, these same apparent, Bad Bwoy, Street Thugs and Killers, become very distant.

I remember reading a piece of my art, which speaks on Black on Black issues, to a young black man, who lived up the road from me in London, one day, only to hear,

“Very Good, but, you should be careful, speaking THAT STUFF !!!”

….. as if, trying to uplift the mindset of our people, was some kind of …

” Cardinal Sin !!! ”

I really hope, as i’ve just been told, that, when corrupt practises are being found to be true, in echelons, above and beyond the levels of crime that are clearly, disturbing more and more people now, that, the people of this island stand up and be counted, because the best way to stop a lot of this foolishness is to stand firm collectively, and ensure that these rogue criminals, be they street, or, more importantly, officials charged with peoples’ safety, that, they are challenged publicly/internationally, if needs be, a la the ongoing rape debacle of the two English Women, and with immediate effect !!!!!

Don’t get tie up people, I am not saying, try and play, ” Daddy Big Bollocks “, if an intruder comes into your home with weaponry, but, I hope you all, whether white, black, rich or poor, get the gist of what i’m saying !!!!!

Don’t wait until,

” It happens to you !!! “, to be concerned.

…. be concerned NOW, as you should always be & as i’ve said recently, people, stop with all this, divisive bullchit !!!

…and …

” Try Your Best Yes …
Your … VERY … BEST !!!
to make a … ” DIFFERENCE ”

So, to my struggling brothers & sisters ….

As my big brother, “Jabba”, from Jabsrocking, done show me …

“Who Jah Bless, No-one curse …
Why you want to steal … ?
from your Brother, ” FIRST ??? ”

Stop the Violence … !!!

&

Stop the Fukry … !!!!!!!!!!

Come on people …. !!!

One love & Bless up y’all …

Virge

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