When I first arrived in The Bahamas, many moons ago, I had to take a taxi to the hotel where I was going to initially stay.
I climbed into a cab being driven by an older gentleman. The cab was clean and the man well groomed. His taxi license was properly displayed and he turned on the meter when we started moving (something I have since learned is almost never done).
All in all, I would say the man appeared to be an honest, credible, mellow fellow.
That is why it shocked me when, after a few minutes of conversation and my admission that it was my first time visiting The Bahamas, the taxi driver stopped, turned to me and said, “Never trust anybody in The Bahamas. They are all crooks.”
I laughed, a bit uncomfortably, then asked him, if that were true, how could I trust what he was saying.
He smiled and said, “You will see”.
My God, I have.
Oh, don’t get me wrong. In my many years living in The Bahamas, I have met some really great people, but they have been few and far between. One thing I have learned is that, for the most part the driver was right, Bahamians are an untrustworthy bunch.
In fact, I know of nowhere on earth that has such a high concentration of “problem” people.
Now, I know that will offend many Bahamians. Too damn bad because it’s true.
If it were not true, The Bahamas would not have one of the highest murder rates in the world. The tiny nation also records some of the highest rates anywhere for incest, armed robbery, rape, violence against women, marital infidelity and assault. The Bahamas also has a pretty bad reputation for copyright violations and financial crimes.
All this in a “Christian” country with less than 200,000 adults. Where do they find the time?
Now, I’m sure the Ministry of Tourism will refute my comments, or pay Kimberley and the hackers to attack my site, like they did to BahamasB2B.com. But they’d be better off putting their money into some programs that would promote real change in the attitudes of all those nasty Bahamians.
Remember, I am just the messenger. I’m merely telling it like it is. And tru-tru Bahamians know that I am right. The people of the Bahamas have written their own story… and it doesn’t have a happy ending.