Author: SunnyBabe (---.stratoserver.net)
Date: 05-29-10 02:18
I take your point as you intended.
I do think that there is a defensiveness to some posters. I think it is out of a desire to protect Culebra from the everyday hustle and bustle type of tourism. These review boards are a sign of the times and that new "been there, done that" type of tourist that use them.
While interesting, they are way out of balance in the sense that a vicious review tends to stand out and hardly presents a business fairly. As I said there are "troubled" people who travel too. In the case of Samuel Robert above, it is clear
in his tone that the only thing he thought was important was his displeasure. Did he take time to tell us about the other guest house, where he ate? He is such a complainer that I assume if we didn't hear about it, it was OK. Which brings me back to my point on balance.
Back to Culebra, the Island is full of little Guest Houses and residences that
rely on tourism, these are not all well-heeled owners or large asset Corporations that can sustain an unfair hit and re-energize their advertising or public relations. Most of these complaints should be settled privately.
A complaint to the tourism office or health department should be enough for most people, but a post titled "DO NOT STAY .." is trying to get even and punish way beyond reasonable compensation.
I'm serious, maybe there should be a bureau of whiners and complainers, not to be vindictive, but for the little operator to avoid potential problems with these
"troubled" tourists who want to annihilate a business if something does not please them.
A few years ago, there was a series of posts that attacked a couple who ran a Guest House in Culebra, it was nasty and vindictive. I eventually met the couple, they are absolutely the nicest fun loving couple you would ever want to meet. They get high ratings all the time for personal service. For awhile the posts were so vicious they thought of leaving the Island, now they are one of the most popular hosts on the Island. (For you Culebra lovers its J&M)