Author: Debbie (---.asm.bellsouth.net)
Date: 01-22-07 21:02
I've never rented from Carlos, but I think you have to look at an incident like this as something that could happen anywhere, not just on Culebra. We have all, no matter what color, shape, size or religion we are, experienced discrimination on some level. Did Carlos Diaz, the guy who posted the original complaint this take special exception because he is Puerto Rican? Could it be that he is sore because his American girlfriend had the misfortune to experience ugliness on Puerto Rico? This happens everywhere in all walks of life. This can't possibly happen often with Carlos Jeeps, or the business wouldn't be as successful as it is. Many of us repeat visitors (okay I might term myself a semi-local) have formed relationships with business owners on Culebra, and we are loyal to those business owners. For our loyalty, we are treated with respect and sometimes, discounts. :)
For those of you participating in this thread that have future rental plans with Carlos (LA and Ann), I think it would benefit the users of this forum to hear your experiences once you return. It would be a shame for visitors to this message board to read this thread and automatically think Carlos Jeeps is a bad business to deal with. Everyone must form their own opinions, but those opinions can be "delivered" slanted if those of us that have good experiences with a particular business don't post about those good experiences.
As a semi-local, I am one of those persons that has taken the attitude if you don't like it, don't come back, BUT I do it in jest usually followed by the statement that it leaves more room for those of us that do love Culebra so much. I have long said that there are two types of visitors on Culebra - those who love it, and those who think it's the biggest backwater island in the Caribbean and who will never return. As Richard put it so well, it's all about how fast people "get over themselves and just have fun". In my opinion, this applies to all visitors, not just ones we semi-locals invite to come with us.
Please enjoy Culebra, and don't let this one posting make you second guess your car rental plans.