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#376309 - 05/11/10 01:23 AM Rip off at the International airport
chris45 Offline
I don't like passing on other peoples stories unverified. But when it happens to you....
Ever since we first came to Belize for the first time eleven years ago, we have heard little grumbles about the bar in the departure lounge and the individual who runs it.
Well right in front of five tourists sitting drinking their beers at BZ$6 a pop (!)at 5pm last night, he shortchanged my wife. She pointed out she was a dollar short. No apology, but grdgingly he threw a packet of chewing gum down on the counter muttering that he had no change. it was 5pm and he did not even have a single dollar? Really? My wife declined the chewing gum and he said he did not have a dollar and pushed the chewing gum back to her.
We walked out.
My conclusion from this small but unsavory episode? The little stories I have been picking up for the past few years are likely to be true.
What a great advert for Belize.

#376378 - 05/11/10 04:42 PM Re: Rip off at the International airport [Re: chris45]
ScubaLdy Offline
Chris - you are so right! So many people rave about this little guy that I have kept my mouth shut. Not only does he short change people he gets a feel at every opportunity. The only time I reported this to a couple of people women giggled and said "Oh, but he is so cute about it!" I don't think so. There is a very good restaurant upstairs - why put up with this?
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#376380 - 05/11/10 05:06 PM Re: Rip off at the International airport [Re: ScubaLdy]
ckocian Offline
He will get away with that when newbs are buying. But maybe if the old standards among his customers can call him on it and get him to find his moral compass, he will slow it down if not stop. We don't buy from him because I've always thought his prices are too high (since 1997.)

#376384 - 05/11/10 06:26 PM Re: Rip off at the International airport [Re: ckocian]
seashell Offline
Isn't he the only bar in the area? Who wants to go through security again, just to get a drink, once you are waiting for your plane.

But yes, I agree, his prices are outrageous and getting felt up every time isn't all that enjoyable either. You can avoid getting felt up though, in more quiet times, as you sit in holding area, he will often come over and offer to bring you a drink. If it is busy and you want a drink, then you have to go to him and that's liable to get you a squeeze.
A fish and a bird can fall in love, but where will they build their nest?

#376386 - 05/11/10 06:31 PM Re: Rip off at the International airport [Re: seashell]
ckocian Offline
Check your bags, haul yourself upstairs or over to the AA side of the terminal and you'll find a bar/restaurant in either place. Then go through security to the departure area.

#376389 - 05/11/10 06:39 PM Re: Rip off at the International airport [Re: ckocian]
elbert Offline
American Airlines..confused me for a moment :-0
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#376390 - 05/11/10 06:40 PM Re: Rip off at the International airport [Re: elbert]
seashell Offline
Hmm . . wonder if a person could get a concession within the security area and give him a little competition?
A fish and a bird can fall in love, but where will they build their nest?

#376396 - 05/11/10 07:07 PM Re: Rip off at the International airport [Re: chris45]
papashine Offline
Hell, the little twerp must have liked you, he always charges me 7.00 bz a bottle, His bar is terrible, no room to sit down not to mention some of the worlds lousiest hot dogs I stopped going there years ago, it's a shame though, he used to run a first class business.
Reality..What a concept!

#376407 - 05/11/10 07:28 PM Re: Rip off at the International airport [Re: papashine]
Peter Jones Offline
He always greets me as if I'm a long-lost friend, and I loathe the place.

#376409 - 05/11/10 07:33 PM Re: Rip off at the International airport [Re: Peter Jones]
Barnacle Offline
i cringe when someone buys one of those chicken dogs. NASTY!!

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