Like Being Robbed at Gunpoit

June 14, 2010

So I am here checking out new and inventive ways to turn the overpriced stuff I have and don’t necessarily use into some fast cash.

I investigated nearby pawn shops to offload a watch or two, but I never followed through on that because well… just because. At any rate, I had really been finding it difficult to part with my possessions since I spent so much time and effort (and money) acquiring each of those items and I hold them all so dear. Not QUITE materialistic, let’s call it sentimental. Given the difficulty, I decided to hold off hawking my belongings since I had nothing I was willing to part with.

Fast forward to me sitting down watching clips from the Isle of Wight Festival and seeing an ad with an overly made up blonde girl standing up in front of a ticket station using her cell phone, then attempting to use her phone to pay for the ticket. Here booms the announcer’s voice informing all of us wondering what’s going on that only Envirofone.com gives you money to recycle your old cell phone. Being ever so curious I decided to check it out, since I had another phone with me that I really don’t use and I’d simply transfer the contacts to my SIM card and readily part with it for the right amount of cheddar.

Imagine my surprise when I found the sister phone to my model which I paid roughly £123.00 for, they had the GALL to value it at £9.02 (the 2 pence really was the slap in the face)! Well I said to myself, this does not even include wear and tear or anything, just the flat fee! It was like being robbed at gunpoint! I was tempted to fall to my knees, toss my possessions on the floor and plead for my life! Then I decided to be cheeky and see what they would give me for the BlackBerry Curve 8520- £52.05 I’m like “Now they’re really having a laugh!”

I refuse to even hyperlink them in this post because they’re criminals! There are several other sites that purchase the same second hand phones for sometimes £30 more than Envirofone does and up! Think about that, just hit the internet and do a proper search. Don’t let their hefty advertising budget fool you, each new customer pays for an old ad.

Rubbish!


And the African Americans Strike Again

April 30, 2009

This is a very shameful story. Well, shameful to a point, as I am not African American as I like to remind my readers. I am not American in general, so I can’t be African American. Apart from that obvious difference would be that of socialization. This abounding fast food culture of the United States is not something that is as prevelant here in the Caribbean as it is there. Popeyes Chicken isn’t even available in Barbados, which is fine by me, I think it’s average at best.

Making things worse are the reactions to the closure, as though a crime against humanity was committed, talking about they were waiting for this day, a special on chicken. MY GOODNESS!


Announcing the Death of Cell Phone Number 11

April 29, 2009

This is to notify friends, readers, family and all other persons of interest as to the death of Mobile “Gossip Girl Phone” Superlative, on Monday, 27th April, 2009. The 11th in the line of cellular devices which have served me over the years, GGP (HTC Wizard Cingular 8125) will be greatly missed by all whose lives it touched with its full QWERTY keyboard and Touch Screen interface.

Left to mourn is a charger, USB Cable, Installation CD, unsecured WiFi connections throughout Barbados and a contact list which I can no longer retrieve.

Please be advised accordingly.

Yours Respectfully,
Superlative1.

htc-wizard


9.75 Things That Annoy Me

March 22, 2009

1) People who think they’re a lot smarter than they really are.
Give me a good old ‘idiot’ who knows his/her limitations than a downright jackass who thinks he/she was robbed out of the nobel lauriet.

2) People with messenger viruses who don’t realize simply changing their passwords would solve the problem!

3) People who cannot read a URL and determine when a link is safe or not.
The reason this annoys me is simple: I wanted to send a contact a link to a youtube video, to which I heard “I don’t click links” and I was like… “Is there some weird youtube virus I’m unaware of?”

4) Customer service representatives with no training!
Few things in life inspire me to rage as a CSR who needs a good back hand. Imagine going for coffee to see some… girl… on the company phone talking her personal business, I go up to her and look her full in her face, she look s at me, looks off and continues with her conversation moving out of sight. Suffice it to say I went around to face her again and racist remarks ensued, but that’s neither here nor there.

4.75) Fake people.
You know what I mean, be they persons who went to high school with you, someone from the office or just random strangers, those persons who try to be all sweet and sugary but leave that nasty artificial sweetener taste in your mouth. Saccharin.

5.75) Taxi Drivers
The reason they annoy me is that they tend to do THE most foolishness on the roads, cause several accidents but often evade being actually IN an accident. I just hate to see those taxi cones coming, I just know to get to the nearest sidewalk, wall or lamp post to protect myself.

6.75) People who feel the need to question EVERYTHING
Here’s a kicker, if I wanted your input, more than likely, it was in jest. Why then were I to say “I’m going to the gas station.” lead to a 20 minute debate on the finer points of gas stations vs. supermarkets, and gas stations vs. minimarts and corner stores? Or better yet, if you get invited to attend some event or the other and you decline as is your prerogative some nosy person is going to ask “Why not?” Grrrr… because I don’t want to. THERE! I SAID IT! HAPPY NOW?!

7.75) Twitter in general.
Up to this very moment I just go through the motions of updating my status or whatever they choose to call it but I have no real understanding of the point of it. It’s like taking having no life to new heights.

8.75) Recent articles in the Nation Newspaper
Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to imply that I am the most gifted writer there ever was to grace to pages of the internet, however I must say that the caliber and content of the articles of late are so childish, baseless and full of nothing but sensationalism which is NOT journalism at its finest. Thumbs down.

9.75) The security firm which patrols my neighborhood.
I would like to take this opportunity to request that the owners of J.E. Security monitor the speed with which their drivers accelerate around St. James/ St. Thomas. Hearing them braking and screeching at the intersection makes me fear for the safety of the residents as it relates to being struck down, more than of being robbed!


Chris Brown Charged with Two Felonies.

March 5, 2009

Wow! All the rumors of reconcile may not be able to stop this snowstorm that’s afoot. According to CNN.com,

(CNN) — The argument that led to singer Chris Brown’s arrest on felony assault charges began when his girlfriend found a text message on his cell phone from “a woman who Brown had a previous sexual relationship with,” according to a sworn police statement.

Chris Brown is charged with felony counts of assault and making criminal threats.

Chris Brown is charged with felony counts of assault and making criminal threats.

Authorities charged Brown on Thursday with felony counts of assault and making criminal threats, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.

The charges are in connection with an alleged attack last month on “his girlfriend,” the office said.

It identified the woman only as Robyn F., but sources close to the couple have told CNN the alleged victim was singer Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty.

Brown was scheduled to appear in court later Thursday.

Rihanna, 21, was allegedly attacked by Brown on February 8 on a Los Angeles street before the two were to perform at the Grammys.

Brown apologized for the incident last month.

“Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired,” the 19-year-old said in a statement released by his spokesman. “I am seeking the counseling of my pastor, my mother and other loved ones and I am committed, with God’s help, to emerging a better person.”

A search warrant used by police to obtain cell phone records related to the case included the sworn statement by Los Angeles Police Detective DeShon Andrews in which he detailed what allegedly happened in the early morning hours of February 8. Read the affidavit (PDF)

According to the statement:

“Brown was driving a vehicle with Robyn F. as the front passenger on an unknown street in Los Angeles. Robyn F. picked up Brown’s cellular phone and observed a three-page text message from a woman who Brown had a previous sexual relationship with.

“A verbal argument ensued and Brown pulled the vehicle over on an unknown street, reached over Robyn F. with his right hand, opened the car door and attempted to force her out. Brown was unable to force Robyn F. out of the vehicle because she was wearing a seat belt. When he could not force her to exit, he took his right hand and shoved her head against he passenger window of the vehicle, causing an approximate one-inch raised circular contusion.

“Robyn F. turned to face Brown and he punched her in the left eye with his right hand. He then drove away in the vehicle and continued to punch her in the face with his right hand while steering the vehicle with his left hand. The assault caused Robyn F.’s mouth to fill with blood and blood to splatter all over her clothing and the interior of the vehicle.

“Brown looked at Robyn F. and stated, ‘I’m going to beat the s–t out of you when we get home! You wait and see!’”

The detective said she then used her cell phone to call her personal assistant, Jennifer Rosales, who did not answer.

“Robyn F. pretended to talk to her and stated, ‘I’m on my way home. Make sure the police are there when I get there.’

“After Robyn F. faked the call, Brown looked at her and stated, ‘You just did the stupidest thing ever! Now I’m really going to kill you!’

“Brown resumed punching Robyn F. and she interlocked her fingers behind her head and brought her elbows forward to protect her face. She then bent over at the waist, placing her elbows and face near her lap in [an] attempt to protect her face and head from the barrage of punches being levied upon her by Brown.

“Brown continued to punch Robyn F. on her left arm and hand, causing her to suffer a contusion on her left triceps that was approximately two inches in diameter and numerous contusions on her left hand.

“Robyn F. then attempted to send a text message to her other personal assistant. Brown snatched the cellular telephone out of her hand and threw it out of the window onto an unknown street.

“Brown continued driving and Robyn F. observed his cellular telephone sitting in his lap. She picked up the cellular telephone with her left hand and before she could make a call he placed her in a head lock with his right hand and continued to drive the vehicle with his left hand.

“Brown pulled Robyn F. close to him and bit her on her left ear. She was able to feel the vehicle swerving from right to left as Brown sped away. He stopped the vehicle … and Robyn F. turned off the car, removed the key from the ignition and sat on it.

“Brown did not know what she did with the key and began punching her in the face and arms. He then placed her in a head lock positioning the front of her throat between his bicep and forearm. Brown began applying pressure to Robyn F.’s left and right carotid arteries, causing her to be unable to breathe and she began to lose consciousness.

“She reached up with her left hand and began attempting to gouge his eyes in an attempt to free herself. Brown bit her left ring and middle fingers and then released her. While Brown continued to punch her, she turned around and placed her back against the passenger door. She brought her knees to her chest, placed her feet against Brown’s body and began pushing him away. Brown continued to punch her on the legs and feet, causing several contusions.

“Robyn F. began screaming for help and Brown exited the vehicle and walked away. A resident in the neighborhood heard Robyn F.’s plea for help and called 911, causing a police response. An investigation was conducted and Robyn F. was issued a Domestic Violence Emergency Protective Order.”


ATM Security by Bajanreporter

March 5, 2009

I found this article to be both true and enlightening. I have often complained to friends who accompany me to the ATM about the fact that at any moment, a robbery could take place because the doors don’t work properly! Story below or Click Here.

Carifs (Unified banking network to allow smoother debit-card transactions here) is now working better, but there are still glitches… Some can be overlooked, others are more serious.

For instance on the lighter side, I believe the Public Workers Credit Union, while a Carifs member, nevertheless needs to have ATM’s at Sheraton and in Speightstown – so does BWU’s Credit Union (They have no debit-card and so are not Carifs ready anyhow)! Meanwhile, over at First Caribbean you cannot access your balance if it is not your primary source of financial activity. Yet at BNB-Barbados and Royal Bank of Canada/RBC you can access everything including your credit card account!

Another thing – If you shop at Big B, use a First C’bean card if you got, since if you whip out your RBTT card to pay, then the point-of-sale transmitter at the cash register does not recognise this bank – one night I had to leave the groceries and go to Hastings Plaza, get the cash, then return and pay! Next time I used FCIB and no problem…

What is of more concern to this News-Blog are the supposedly secure magnetic locks at the top of ATM booth-doors, I am not going to say which branches specifically for safety but any bankers reading this? You need to redress your branches right away!

For the most part BNB and RBC remain safe, so far I am yet to encounter any loose yet allegedly locked doors with their branches, but with RBTT there are some branches they need to conduct some repairs ASAP – some are more deserted than others, for instance? I will not use that ATM on Harbour Road at night – PERIOD! It is wide open, no booth nor doors – although some branches have okay ATM’s, they need more secure ATM’s all across Barbados!!

However, First Caribbean needs to do some remedial work at quite a few places, the sooner the better!


Meet The Browns

March 5, 2009

For those of you with an active inbox, hotmail especially, you’ve probably already seen this email. If you haven’t here it is.

US-MUSIC-BROWN-FILES


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