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Barbadians Need to Take a Day Off from Work to Renew Driving License

The following was extracted from Facebook and shared on Barbados Underground at the request of Kammie Holder.

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THREE HOURS & FIFTEEN MINUTES TO RENEW A DRIVERS LICENSE.- A WARNING. THE SHORT STORY: To the Pine Office, The Oistins Office and back to the Pine. Standing in line, Oistins 2 hrs; Sitting in line, The Pine 35min.; Driving, 40mins.

FOR A ‘SHORT-STORY read on… it’s a bit long but so was our wait.

I WENT WITH MY WIFE TODAY TO RENEW HER DRIVER’S LICENSE. We went to The Pine office as usual but that, we were told, was under renovation so we have to go to Oistins. Not ever having been to Oistins to pay my license I went to the Government compound to the East of Oistins … Law Courts, Police Stn., Library etc. O.K. My Bad/Ignorance. Finally we find the Revenue office around the back of the Massy Mall through a doorway that proudly proclaims it to be the entrance to a Gym. We see a line of over 20 people waiting and we enter and join it. I notice that of the 7 windows only two are manned/womanned. 15 mins later the line has not moved and there are now 8 people behind us. A large man appears and proceeds to divide the line into two and sends the newer half outside to wait. “In here is get too hot and crowded and people does faint so go out and wait and I will call you in.” So said, so done and they line-up outside the glass wall. He sits a while vetting new arrivals and then leaves. Two people leave the room so the others outside feel that two of them should come in. Two of them do and they are followed by all the others because Mr. Man is not at the door.

The room is full again.

We finally begin to inch forward very slowly and Mr. Man returns. Loud shouting, big argument and he finally gets some of them back outside. 45 minutes later and we are now half-way up the line. A third cashier has started to work. I am seriously thinking of going back out to the car to get folding chairs for Hetty and I. A lady with a child in her arms comes in. I not sure what transpired but suddenly she is at the cashier having bypassed the line. Who tell she do that? Big noise… “No. No. It won’t be dat. I was hey all mornin’ an she jus walk in so?” from the man next in line, backed up by all and sundry… Mr Man jumps in “People wid children can move up so you gotta wait.” Fortunately she was not there long. An expat lady in front of us who has been quiet all along says it is not bad today. She was here yesterday and was in the outside line-up which had doubled back on itself and had extended around the corner of the building. She had waited over two hours and then was told she had to bring a photo to get a drivers License and was returning today wondering why there was no ‘reception’ to explain requirements before the line-up. A guy in front of her explained that we Bajans “Like it so. We too polite.” And then started in on the banks and their ‘service’. I am now in a position where I can read the numerous computer ‘print-out’ signs which seem to be contradictory and despite the reassurance of others in the line around us, am now wondering if we are in the right place.

Optimistically, I remember from last year, that there was a sign on the only door at the Pine office, where everyone had to enter, which boldly said ‘No Entry’. One and a half hours after joining the line we got to the cashier. It took her no more than 5 minutes to fix us. I do not know what services the others before us required that could have taken so long. Having paid and now wondering how we were going to get the actual license card I asked her for the next step… “Ask the guard.” She said. I asked the guard and he said “Wait dey. Somebody goin’ come out and take de cards.” “But the sign on the door says to comeback tomorrow.” I replied. “Doan mind dat, Wait dey.” He instructed. All the chairs but one in that section were taken so Hetty took that and I joined the other standing guys behind them. Half an hour later the lady from behind the door had come out once and taken the receipts and expired license cards from about four people. A lady beside me said “I gone. I can’t wait any longer. That lady in de blue dress been waitin’ for uh hour. I live ‘bout hey so I goin’ come back early tomorrow.” I explained that I didn’t live ‘bout hey’ so I’d have to wait. “You got a car? Why you don’t drive down by the Pine and get the card from dem? They still taking the pictures.” Thank You lady! We had to go that way to get home anyway and although there was no guarantee that the line would be any shorter I remembered that they had more chairs so the wait would be more comfortable.

We drive to the Pine. Quite a few people waiting but there are empty chairs and a reception desk. The guy takes our receipt and the expired card and asks if we want to use the old photo. “Sure.” Anything to save time. He takes them inside and we sit. Like at Oistins there is a digital electronic sign that says “Now serving No. ……..” but it’s not. After about 5 mins. A guy comes from behind the wall with a book, rests on a shelf and calls some names. About five people get up and receive their cards. Great, it is working! He then sits in a nearby chair and falls asleep. Seriously. I know because his eyes close, his head slips to a side and his hands that were clasped together in front of his belly fall to his sides. I show Hetty and the guy sitting next to us laughs. After a few minutes he wakes with a start and ambles back behind the wall. He comes back out with a few more cards and repeats. This happens about four more times. It appears that this is all he does all day. No wonder he falls asleep. Finally Hetty’s turn comes. Standing in line Oistins 2 hrs; Sitting in line The Pine 35min.; Driving 40mins. What has Barbados come to? Are we not supposed to be improving productivity? So much for our new and streamlined Revenue Authority and Civil Service.

Do you think that the Minister of Finance or any of the other members of the cabinet go through this to renew their Drivers License?

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70 Comments on “Barbadians Need to Take a Day Off from Work to Renew Driving License”

  1. Tron August 28, 2016 at 9:25 PM #

    In other countries you apply via internet for renewal and get served within 5 min. then.

    If you take this story and my observation, the true value of 1 BBD might be 0.1 USD in the light of efficiency of services on this island.

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  2. Lawrence James Bauer, CFA August 28, 2016 at 9:56 PM #

    50 years ago when I moved to New York City, everyone had to take a day off to renew their drivers license every few years. It was a dreaded ordeal, and one had to spend hours and hours standing on stone floors — which some people could not do. Some fainted.

    Today, the entire process is automated, they don’t bother with new photos every time, and the DMV sends you the license in the mail before the old one expires. You don’t normally even have to go to their office. What for? It’s a simple data-processing exercise that collects a fee. There is no reason in today’s computer-based world for all that drama to be necessary for most persons. It’s one of the few areas of US government regulation that has been revolutionized for the better.

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  3. Gabriel August 28, 2016 at 10:02 PM #

    To answer your final paragraph I quote former US House Speaker John Boehner….HELL NO!!

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  4. Sargeant August 28, 2016 at 10:11 PM #

    I usually get my visitors permit at Oistins (Welches for the old timers) and there is usually a Security Guard there who provides some information and guidelines I believe people also pay their property tax at the same location. Two years ago the Office was under renovation and I had to go to the Pine and had a long wait but struck up a conversation with another expat who had returned home and the time passed quickly.

    I don’t complain when I am in Bim but the vehicle license Offices in Ontario are open on Saturdays so people who work during the week can get to them or they can renew by mail. A visit to the Office is only required if it has expired and they want to take a new photo; I can also renew my Passport on Saturdays at a Gov’t Office.

    Just saying…….

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  5. David August 28, 2016 at 11:26 PM #

    Didn’t Sinclar assure Bajans a couple weeks ago while on the Sunday talk show that the equipment has been ordered and the long wait to renew licenses will be soon a thing of the past?

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  6. Colonel Buggy August 28, 2016 at 11:33 PM #

    I got my renewed MOT drivers license by post from the DMV in 1977,back in the UK ,and it is valid up until my 65th birthdate. No new photos. no waiting in line, no further fees.

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  7. Tron August 28, 2016 at 11:50 PM #

    If we had an e-government in Bim, 50 % of the civil servants would be useless. Nobody wants such an efficient administration.

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  8. Sunshine Sunny Shine August 29, 2016 at 6:54 AM #

    It is absurd how far behind Barbados is with its license system. If they want to continue with this crappy system of yearly or every three years renewal process, there is nothing that is stopping them from having a more efficient system.

    Jesus H Christ, you want to tell me that without technology like internet online renewal, a simple drop box system, where all the particulars for the renewal process are provided in a sealed envelope followed then, by a simple appointment system per renewal month for pay and collect is so gaw darn cotton picking hard in an island that boasts about its rapid development and 99.9 percent literacy rate? What is so friggin complicated in this authority that people got to wait 3 hrs in long lines just for something as simple as a license. When will Barbados move up the ladder of efficiency instead of operating with this medieval system that make bajans look like they always got to wait on Massa. Bare nonsense.

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  9. David August 29, 2016 at 6:58 AM #

    @SSS

    And what makes it muy unpalatable Is the hoggish service delivered by many at the renewal points. We the taxpayers deserve better and we MUST demand better. Our taxdollars pay these people.

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  10. Bush Tea August 29, 2016 at 7:45 AM #

    Computerise the Public service…?
    …then what would the army of occupation do…?
    Wunna expect that it is possible to recruit people based on ‘constituency’ to operate a modern computerised system?
    Wunna REALLY expect politicians to put themselves in position to have to hire TALENTED people … who may not be inclined to brown-nose their donkeys like AC…?

    Why wunna think they gung-ho behind things like Hyatt, Sam Lords and the Deltro shiite?
    …and having Maloney employ 700 lackies..?
    Scratch grain for their yardfowls…

    LOL
    Look what happened when they tried to modernize the NIS… they ended up needing even more yardfowls to respond to the long lines and complaints…
    In other departments they ended up with DOUBLE the staff – one set playing with the cuntputer, while the other set keep up the old traditions…. DOUBLING the wait times…

    De place is as good as dead.
    If you put an idiot in charge of heaven ….you end up in hell….

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  11. de pedantic Dribbler August 29, 2016 at 8:09 AM #

    @David you said that : “Didn’t Sinclar assure Bajans a couple weeks ago while on the Sunday talk show that the equipment has been ordered and the long wait to renew licenses will be soon a thing of the past? ”

    I would also ask, wasn’t that what the new BRA system expected to alleviate many of these woes. As others have highlighted there is absolutely no reason practical reason for this level of ‘indifference’.

    It cannot be technology based (i.e. software and hardware to print a DL card) so it must be abject callous money making indifference. And by money making I mean the money that some private contractor has made or will make to update simple laziness.

    I would ask re equipment orders: was that replacement equipment or additional equip?How could our simple low production system be overrun already that we need ‘new equipment’ or replacement equipment.

    Sounds like a boondongle – smaller scale – but same corrosive BS of the bigger scams and standard civil service boredom and indifference reflecting the political leadership boredom and indifference.

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  12. Sunshine Sunny Shine August 29, 2016 at 8:25 AM #

    David

    The system is just pathetic and piss poor. As to the hogs, if you got them as leaders then expect them at the lower level. After all, the same visionless leaders are responsible for recruiting some real horrible pigs. I mean there are so many different workable systems and models that Barbados can adopt to improve the licence renewal process and these excusers find ways and means to continue in the comfortable mediocrity. It took them ages to put income tax online. Something like licences should have been via an online renewal process or drop box ages ago. But, in the land of the blind politicians the one eye man is King.

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  13. recoanthony August 29, 2016 at 9:15 AM #

    MANYTIMES WE DOES BLAME DE BODY WRONGFULLY, U SEE WE HAVE AH SICK, RETARDED, INEPT, DON’T DO NOTHING GOVMENT HERE, THAT JUST TALKS CRAP, GET IN BED WID SOME DECENT CROOKS, SIGN ALL KINDS AH SHADY DEALS ETC, ETC…AND WE EXPECT THE GOVMENT WORK FORCE TO BE BETTER…WHEN THE HEAD SICK (GOVMENT) THE WHOLE BODY IN TROUBLE…….LOOK THE OTHER DAY I WENT TO DE PINE TO PAY FOR AH TRUCK THAT IS OFF THE ROAD, WOULD U BELIEVE WHEN I GOT THE FORM TO FULL OUT, I HAD TO TAKE IT TO THE TREASURY GROUND FLOOR (BRIDGETOWN) PAY 50.00 AN HEAD BACK TO THE PINE WITH RECEIPT TO GET IT APPROVE FOR SOME ONE TO COME AN INSPECT IT……YET OVER AH MONTH NOW AN NO ONE HAS SHOWED UP. IN MY ESTIMATION ALL THAT COULD HAVE BEEN DONE IN TOWN…….IT SEEMS TO ME UNDER THIS ROTTEN LOUSY GOVMENT THEY INTEND TO TORTURE US WHICH EVER WAY POSSIBLE, TAXES, WATER BILLS, FOOD, INSULTS, CORRUPTION, EVER EVIL IMAGINATION DEM HAVE…..THATS THE DEMONIC LYING PARTY FOR WE

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  14. recoanthony August 29, 2016 at 9:23 AM #

    WANNA HEAR FRUNDAL A.K.A BLACK MAMBA SAY TECHNOLOGY IS TO BLAME FOR ALL THESE PROBLEMS HAHAHAHAHA SO INSTEAD OF BRINGING IN MORE EQUIPTMENT, THAT SOMEBODY MAY WELL GET THE HANDS GREESE, BRING BACK DE BOOKS NA, U USED TO GET THROUGH FASTER THAT WAY…I BET MY LAST DOLLAR THAT THOSE MACHINES COMING IN DON’T STAND UP

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  15. John Everatt August 29, 2016 at 9:23 AM #

    Reading this I realized that the exact same thing happened to me two years ago while renewing my drivers license. Right down to the security guard at Oistins and the procedure at the Pine. I also had to go to S’town and it seems nothing has changed including the conflicting signs on the wall.

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  16. recoanthony August 29, 2016 at 9:34 AM #

    @ SUNNY SUNSHINE, LOOK!!! FOR AS LONG IS THIS GOVERNMENT IN POWER WE WILL REMAIN AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LADDER, THEY IS AH BUNCH OF SHAMELESS GOODFORNOTHING LOWLIFETED BRUTE BEAST I HAVE EVER SEEN…..NOT ONE STEP OF PROGRESS ON THE LADDER WE WILL MAKE.

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  17. Sunshine Sunny Shine August 29, 2016 at 10:12 AM #

    recoanthony

    One thing the SSS is not, is castigating this government for castigating this government sake. This is not a DLP problem, if you looking at governments in power. This crap at the licensing authority is the ‘turn de other cheek’ politics of both political parties i.e. Dees and Bees of yesteryear and yester-today. Let us break it down.

    What are the two respective parties far more interested in than anything else while in power

    A. Is it big money projects and big name persons with big name companies
    B. Big money investment in Tourism
    C. Improving systems and services for better efficiency
    D. Improving systems and services in the Tourism Industry for better efficiency
    E. The all important draw back and kick back.
    F. All of the above or some of the above.

    If your answer is F then we know why technology is a problem and efficiency remains in the dumps. Both respective parties are piss poor when it comes to looking after everyday services that local population depends on.

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  18. Bernard Codrington. August 29, 2016 at 10:54 AM #

    The problem is demotivation of the staff. I perceive that a reduction of staff and a complicated system and process is the cause of the problem. These also lead to increases in certificated and uncertified sick leave. Computerisation does not always lead to speed of processing nor efficiency. Take a look at the long wait at banks. Does one get a faster service? I think the BRA need to examine the system and the processes. The system may frustrate the tax payer from paying his taxes.

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  19. Tron August 29, 2016 at 10:58 AM #

    Why all this inefficiency?

    Simply look at http://www.gov.bb/:

    16 ministries, 70 state bodies, 51 departments.

    Wow! Is that China? No little Bim. Should we cry or laugh?

    For Bim it should be:

    5 ministries, 10 state bodies, 20 departments. No senate, no court of appeal, no badges, no ancient titles, no other frills. Just Barbados.

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  20. sidboyce August 29, 2016 at 11:51 AM #

    My brother told me that PM Errol Barrow once described the Barbados Civil Service as an army of occupation, seems the description still holds today.

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  21. Donna August 29, 2016 at 12:11 PM #

    I remember being six months pregnant and standing in that line for two hours until I felt faint. Thirteen years later and it hasn’t changed. We are a backward people!

    P.S. At least when one raises a stink in the bank there is a response. Try it! It works for me.

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  22. Sunshine Sunny Shine August 29, 2016 at 1:40 PM #

    Bernard Codrington

    You are telling me that for 50 years the staff continues to operate demotivated? Man wake up and smell some snuff. Even when there were no staffing issues, the Barbados Licensing Authority was and still is a long wait.

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  23. Tron August 29, 2016 at 2:03 PM #

    The bank services in Bim are no better than the experience described above.

    Staff chatting behind the desk or running around without a plan.
    No proper internet banking: It takes two (!) hours to do an international transfer at the bank plus central bank permission (another 15 min). In some developed countries you do that via internet without any permission in 5 minutes. 50 % of the staff could be saved with internet banking!
    Using cheques or queuing for sure pay instead of direct debit. Cheques are not secure, sure pay costs lots of time. Direct debit as I know it from other places is safe, fast and revocable up to 1 month after transaction. You sign the direct debit form once and the rest is going on automatically for many years. Especially useful during vacation.

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  24. bajans August 29, 2016 at 4:35 PM #

    Seems to me like they need to do some process benchmarking leading to vertical integration. These hours of waiting and running up and down are ridiculous. By the way, I met two Bajans in 1997 at the American Productivity and Quality Center, who were there to learn about benchmarking. I suppose they took courses in both strategic and process. They worked for, and were highly paid by, the Barbados Productivity Council. What did they do with their acquired knowledge, if any? The entire island should have been streamlined by now. After all, twenty years is more than enough to make a ‘likle’ island like Bim efficient.

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  25. millertheannunaki August 29, 2016 at 6:12 PM #

    @ bajans August 29, 2016 at 4:35 PM
    “They worked for, and were highly paid by, the Barbados Productivity Council. What did they do with their acquired knowledge, if any? The entire island should have been streamlined by now. After all, twenty years is more than enough to make a ‘likle’ island like Bim efficient.”

    Overseas Baje, you have hit the nail on the head by identifying one of the many ‘unproductive’ agencies that ought to be rationalized, merged or disbanded.

    Why not merge the following agencies into one body called the National Standards & Productivity Agency (NSPA)?

    NISE
    Productivity Council
    Training and Vocational Board
    Training Division
    National Standards Institute

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  26. Colonel Buggy August 29, 2016 at 6:14 PM #

    10 am, on an extremely hot day outside Licensing Authority/ BRA Oistin

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  27. Kammie Holder August 29, 2016 at 9:26 PM #

    Bajans are never willing to take a stand for better systems. However, the outspoken are seen as troublemakers and anti GOB. Fortunately my card is in order but I protested privately and to the senior staff and got my issues sorted.

    With over 1000 freely educated lawyers in Barbados at least one of them can have a heart and challenge the RBPF over the ignorance of reporting persons who only have the receipt and not the book tthanks nto a faulty printer.

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  28. islandgal August 29, 2016 at 9:30 PM #

    The whole of Barbados complaining but still going to renew licenses. Why not have a protest in front of the Ministry responsible? Go as if you all going to renew with placards in your cars,. Park, take out your signs and start protesting the disrespect the government is dishing out to you all! Do it at all licensing departments. WHAT DE RASS WRONG WID WUNNA???

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  29. Sargeant August 29, 2016 at 10:12 PM #

    Anyone ever had to retrieve a barrel from the Port?

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  30. Colonel Buggy August 29, 2016 at 10:21 PM #

    Kammie Holder August 29, 2016 at 9:26 PM #
    With over 1000 freely educated lawyers in Barbados at least one of them can have a heart and challenge the RBPF over the ignorance of reporting persons who only have the receipt and not the book tthanks nto a faulty printer.
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    And half of these probably owe money to the Students Revolving Fund, so they may not want to rock the boat.

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  31. Colonel Buggy August 29, 2016 at 11:08 PM #

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  32. Sam Shank August 30, 2016 at 4:56 AM #

    Why do tourist coming to Barbados have to get a visitors driving permit when Bajans can go to several countries and drive on their Barbados license for 3 to 6 months depending on the country. This is counter productive and a blight on the tourist industry and car rental companies. I know it is just another tax, but how much is really collected, is it worth the agro?

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  33. recoanthony August 30, 2016 at 5:37 AM #

    @ SUNNY SS OK I SEE, WE ARE NOT CASTIGATING THE GOVERNMENT FOR CASTIGATING SAKE, BUT RATHER CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM SHOULD BE IN MY OPINION WITH OUT BIAS, AND YES WE KNOW HOW THE SYSTEM WORKS IN BOTH BEE/DEES, LORD I’VE SEEN BAD THROUGH THE YEARS, YET NOTHING COMES NEAR TO THIS……..I MEAN EVERYTHING IN THIS COUNTRY IS AT SLUG /SNAIL PACE

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  34. lawson August 30, 2016 at 7:04 AM #

    Why cant barbadians renew their drivers license at the rum shop …they can kill two birds with one stone

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  35. islandgal August 30, 2016 at 7:15 AM #

    Alla wunna waiting hours is a bunch of effing sheep and goats. Sitting down quietly taking the DISRESPECT the Government showing wunna. I am NOT going anywhere except Holetown to get my photo liscense when they get their act together. I have the receipt and if that is not good enough for the Police then I want my day in Court! Chris Snickler and Frundel Stuart could KISS MY BLACK HAIRY TOE !

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  36. Donna August 30, 2016 at 8:06 AM #

    I have never waited in the sun. That really is a sheep and goat thing. Who would allow themselves to be treated that way but a sheep or a goat?

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  37. Donna August 30, 2016 at 8:09 AM #

    I too would challenge them in court if charged for their inefficiencies. You really shouldn’t need an attorney for that.

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  38. islandgal August 30, 2016 at 8:22 AM #

    Donna Sheep and goats got pens to wait in you don’t have to be in the sun to be sheep or goat.

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  39. islandgal August 30, 2016 at 8:24 AM #

    David what happen to the stars not the blue one but the others you used to have pon the blog below conversations.

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  40. BimJim August 30, 2016 at 8:49 AM #

    These days if you know who to pay the bribe to you can get it in 5 minutes – and take the rest of the day off…

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  41. Bush Tea August 30, 2016 at 9:38 AM #

    @ Donna
    “Who would allow themselves to be treated that way but a sheep or a goat?”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Brazen bowls…..
    ie – Bold Bajan brass bowls…

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  42. David August 30, 2016 at 10:10 AM #

    @islandgal

    The comment ratings feature was removed because it was being abused.

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  43. Donna August 30, 2016 at 10:19 AM #

    How so, David?

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  44. Artaxerxes August 30, 2016 at 10:36 AM #

    Donna August 30, 2016 at 10:19 AM #

    “How so, David?”

    @ Donna

    Perhaps you have not noticed the increased amounts of “likes” the ACs’ comments were receiving recently.

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  45. bajans August 30, 2016 at 10:42 AM #

    Any smart Bajan should now walk in with a child, be it gran, great gran, niece, nephew, or even one borrowed from the neighbours for a $20, and get moved to the head of the line! I renew my drivers license and car sticker on line or by mail. This year I bought a vehicle and it took me all of five minutes to register and pay the HST. There were 6 wickets and all were womaned.

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  46. de pedantic Dribbler August 30, 2016 at 10:51 AM #

    @ David re “The comment ratings feature was removed because it was being abused. ”

    That’s interesting and sad really. Your site is an amazing mirror reflection on Bajan society in many spheres.

    Any MSc or Phd student in sociology or psychology and related could come here and after scoping over a few years of past data would be able to offer a credible scholarly piece on Bajans and Barbados. That ‘abuse’ of which you speak is but one excellent example of all that makes up the Bajan political and life experience.

    Didn’t the repetitive ‘fradalent’ likes/dislikes tell you something about the apparent impact some stories were making?

    Or maybe it told you that the acolytes are gearing up for the new elections.

    Or maybe it showed that they were becoming lazy, annoyed or just indifferent as they became so interested in gaming a favorabilty rating.

    I know you follow stories like the Brietbart matter. Same context as this issue.

    Responding to your ‘yardfowls’ by killing the metric takes out a window through which we can see their frustration even as it removes a tool for them to display their stupidity and ‘game’ your stuff.

    And with Breitbart, linking them to Trump – as Clinton did- does bring them front and center but she could NOT FAIL to make that connection as that is even more dangerous. They already have a absolutely large following of race tinged admirers.

    You might as well let your audience see what these folks are up to. They are already out there doing damage anyhow!!

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  47. Donna August 30, 2016 at 10:54 AM #

    Artax,

    I noticed that and the Sand Nigger 4 but I wonder how that could be construed as abuse if somebody, never mind their motives, liked their comments.

    Just asking!

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  48. islandgal August 30, 2016 at 10:56 AM #

    David the comment feature added more to this blog than you think. It showed up the idiots , the paling cocks, the sensible ones and those who has something worthwhile to post. I wasn’t aware of any abuse since you can only click on the comment once.

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  49. Donna August 30, 2016 at 11:03 AM #

    It definitely makes it less interesting. The AC and Sand Nigger thumbs up were so obvious that they made me laugh every time.

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  50. Colonel Buggy August 30, 2016 at 11:50 AM #

    lawson August 30, 2016 at 7:04 AM #
    Why cant barbadians renew their drivers license at the rum shop …they can kill two birds with one stone
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    I do not know about renewals, but some of the driving skills I see displayed by many drivers in Barbados, would suggest that they have passed their driving tests and issued Licenses in a Rum Shop.

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  51. David August 30, 2016 at 12:24 PM #

    Back by request the idiotic manipulation of the voting for equally idiotic comments notwithstanding.

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  52. Bush Tea August 30, 2016 at 12:54 PM #

    @ David
    You have to be the nicest, most considerate man alive….
    Boss, do NOT let brass bowls push you around in your own house…

    It is obvious that the AC gang of political parasites and fleas have launched a new policy of using multiple devices to give ‘thumbs up’ and downs in their childish games (or which they have been hired – (SAME AS WE FOUND OUT IN GUYANA UNDER JAGDEO… AFTER Granger won the last elections).

    Bushie would just arbitrarily delete some of their posts when they do shiite like that…
    …and remember they get PAID based on the number of posts they make…

    Another option would be to edit their posts to correct the grammatical and logical errors (in which case their political masters will doubt that the posts came from the idiots that they pay a pittance…) LOL ha ha ha

    You got options Boss….🙂

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  53. Hants August 30, 2016 at 1:38 PM #

    @ David,

    “You have to be the nicest, most considerate man alive.”

    Agree with Bushie. lol

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  54. Gerrit Antrobus August 30, 2016 at 2:07 PM #

    Is Online Renewal an Option??????

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  55. E.Small August 30, 2016 at 2:17 PM #

    \Why a driving license cannot be renewed at any Post Office? Why every year, why not every five years? Why not by Post? In the UK we only renew at age 65, once you obtain your license first time, there is no renewal for years unless you lost it for a motoring offence.

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  56. David August 30, 2016 at 2:24 PM #

    Some battles not worth it.

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  57. Anonymice - TheGazer August 30, 2016 at 2:44 PM #

    It is obvious that the consortium are experimenting and becoming more social media savvy. The last initiative was the ‘thumbs-up/-down’ posse.
    It will be interesting to see what else comes down the river.

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  58. pieceuhderockyeahright August 30, 2016 at 4:55 PM #

    They are simpletons who believe that thumbs up give them traction or social currency through their actions here on BU.

    This Clickjacking exercise while useful on Facebook is not applicable or wise for this Specific Blog

    Barbados Underground is not Instagram or Facebook

    It is not based on likes but on content.

    Let be ole man explain.

    On Facebook, the number of likes for an item indicates popularity.

    It may be an image or a Vimeo/video but people examine either and in the case of the graphic click based on the superficial graphic and in the case of the latter, must view it rather should view its content before voting it up.

    A blog is absolutely different since you must submit material for mental consumption prior to being up voted.

    WHEN AC s submissions are up voted people read one or two of them AND, once having viewed the horrific English, the incoherent sentences and the palpable idiocy a buzzer goes off in the head.

    They do it twice more max, and immediately it becomes obvious that the writers AC are 95 percent cretin mixed with inbred alpine goat.

    They DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW THE INTERNET RATHER A BLOG WORKS!!!

    Each hit on BU carries a specific “signature” by that I mean both a weight euphemism for following and a pattern of review I.e. What a blogger does when he or she visits

    So when Bush Tea posts or Donna or specific persons each of them has a following based on the currency of their customary content.

    So for example Chad of the many nines is seen to be a woman hater at worst and a male chauvinist pig at best.

    Simple Simon has a pattern of review which seems prescribed by specific hours that suggest a shift or an availability to read at particular times like Angelique only posts on weekends or Come Sing a Song posts once.

    The Honourable Blogmaster can give mor in depth statistics on either namely whose posts are high attraction items I.e. The real weight metrics and whose heat signatures are dense that is whose submissions are read from beginning to end.

    Some WordPress plugins give you that type of info.

    There are some anomalies per the above and I give you AC.

    She is “read” because she is the face of the oppression and all that is bad in Barbados.

    She is “reviewed” because she embodies the idiocy that characterizes the DLP simply put since she is a combination of Pigrim, and Kelly and that lady with the Braids on Facebook, she is reviewed purely because it is “the face of evil – the demonic Labour party ”

    Their puerile click jacking confirms that the DLP are concerned about the impact of the site.

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  59. David August 30, 2016 at 5:04 PM #

    This must be registered as one of the funniest comments for the year.

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  60. Colonel Buggy August 30, 2016 at 10:55 PM #

    islandgal August 29, 2016 at 9:30 PM #
    Contrary to popular belief, Bajans do have a not -so -short -memory

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  61. Hal Austin August 31, 2016 at 5:22 PM #

    Why is it that tourists can get a driving permit within ten minutes?

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  62. ac August 31, 2016 at 5:54 PM #

    Hi there PDYR i have given you a like “up” never thought that the bee hive would have become so distraught over
    “likes” for ac. But it is like them to be hateful and begrudging

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  63. ac August 31, 2016 at 6:10 PM #

    ac gets a few “likesup”and it pisses off David so much he cuts off the button Unbelievable. Never thought that anything i said had any kind of ramifications in that it would change any ones mind about anything. Some grown ups are so childish like kids in the sandbox hating to lose.some of yuh need to grow up.

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  64. Donna August 31, 2016 at 6:20 PM #

    It was obvious by the consistent number and the immediacy of the thumbs up and the persons who were being thumbed down (myself included no matter WHAT I SAID) that it was the same persons manipulating the system. That is what made it soooo hilarious. Comic relief! Thanks for returning my laughs, David.

    Thumb away!

    Tee-hee!

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  65. ac August 31, 2016 at 6:40 PM #

    What is obvious is that you and others are so used to having things your way that the lightest detection hurt your guts and you become boiling mad as exemplified by the comments attacking my persona and stupid name calling
    PDYR does not have a clue but he rattles on about who I am and all kind of bull sh.t as if it gospel truth
    My getting numerous likes seem to have hurt wunna belly real bad just a bunch of unconscionable bastards only wanting everything for self even a friggin like..boo hah.dealwith it

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  66. pieceuhderockyeahright August 31, 2016 at 7:41 PM #

    One of you is Pigrim doah

    As Donna will say tee hee

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  67. David Alleyne August 31, 2016 at 11:23 PM #

    Sagicor General customers get their licenses renewed free by the company. Contact them.

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  68. pieceuhderockyeahright September 1, 2016 at 1:28 AM #

    @ David Alleyne

    As does CGI.

    Suffice it to say that certain of the insurance companies have access to a quasi automatic electronically supported renewal facility.

    The fact is that e-enabled transactions abound internationally and CAN BE HAD LOCALLY, were it not for “pre-existing enablements” with local interests euphemism for bribes with certain providers and cuntsultants WHO ARE NOT INTERNET SAVVY and are incapable of provisioning appropriately specified software and hardware.

    Let de ole man explain.

    Police Certificate of Character. Simply put, police checking their records to confirm that you ent teif $5 million dollars and put it in you mudda account or similar illegal activity.

    With an integrated criminal justice system, if you applied online on September 2nd and had any convictions up until the 2nd in an integrated Justice Information System, similar to the one tha David Simmonds got a mobaton uh money from the IDB and this administration also got money for, an both wasted, you would get your certificate online, THE SAME DAY.

    But Simmons was no brainiac ergo the $6 million incompatible computer that the Royal Barbados Police Force sourced from IBM that has long since been thrown away, and Adriel Nitwit Bratwit, and his predecessor Fumbles, well they are special female rabbit hairs.

    You have to have the will, have the knowledge, and the money AND NOT BE BOOTLICKERS AND POOCHSUCKERS who are trying to get money in your mudda accunt.

    “Come leh we wuk up and have a good time”

    The next wuk up is at Independence then it is Christmas ….

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  69. wuhdah September 1, 2016 at 9:32 PM #

    you still have to go in to get the card with photo…..

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  70. Anonymice - TheGazer September 1, 2016 at 9:54 PM #

    pieceuhderockyeahright August 30, 2016 at 4:55 PM #

    Almost missed it.
    Made my day.

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