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juliebee
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Hello Islanders,

I am researching a move to St Thomas.  I was advised that there is a high risk of being extorted just for living on the island.  As it is apparently on many islands. Is there truth to this?

 

 

 
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Topic starter Posted : July 2, 2019 7:25 pm
CruzanIron
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LOL.....I'd like to hear some examples of what you heard. 

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Posted : July 3, 2019 7:01 am
vicanuck
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Extortion! That's the funniest thing I've read here this year.

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Posted : July 3, 2019 8:38 am
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singlefin
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When I stepped off the plane an Italian Rostaman (think Tony Saprano with dreadlocks) jammed a pistol into my back and forced me into a rotted out 1980 Pink Suzuki Samurai. Before driving deep into the rainforest, I was forced (possiblely extorted) to purchase two bottles of Cruzan 151. My Mafioso Rostaman driver hit the dirt roads at a high rate of speed (nearly 30 mph!) as we swigged cocktails blended with a homegrown tropical fruit juice. By the time we arrived in Frederiksted, I didn’t care where I was or who I was with. I remember smoking another homegrown product, but on advice from my attorney, I can not say exactly what that was. Overall, I’d say my extortion story was a rather pleasant one, but you never know in the VI.

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Posted : July 3, 2019 7:21 pm
stxsailor
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Maybe he means WAPA rates!

 

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Posted : July 5, 2019 11:39 am
Alana33
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Extortion is the price you'll pay for groceries and WAPA.

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Posted : July 5, 2019 6:40 pm
singlefin
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Good point stxsailor.

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Posted : July 5, 2019 6:43 pm
vicanuck
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Yeah...I suppose WAPA is like extortion! You either pay the outrageous rates or they cut you off at the knees!

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Posted : July 6, 2019 8:24 am
NorthsideKevin
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I find it no moreso than stateside.  Question and watch your cash.  Fees instead of taxes, and WAPA is well beyond out of control.  Entitlement to anything that can be squeezed out reigns supreme.  We get by just fine.  Never had a confrontation (except when the Rasta was grinding a boat upwind of me while I was painting mine - now we're good friends, 'hows the family' and all that).  

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Posted : July 8, 2019 12:03 pm
Fishbait
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Posted by: singlefin

When I stepped off the plane an Italian Rostaman (think Tony Saprano with dreadlocks) jammed a pistol into my back and forced me into a rotted out 1980 Pink Suzuki Samurai. Before driving deep into the rainforest, I was forced (possiblely extorted) to purchase two bottles of Cruzan 151. My Mafioso Rostaman driver hit the dirt roads at a high rate of speed (nearly 30 mph!) as we swigged cocktails blended with a homegrown tropical fruit juice. By the time we arrived in Frederiksted, I didn’t care where I was or who I was with. I remember smoking another homegrown product, but on advice from my attorney, I can not say exactly what that was. Overall, I’d say my extortion story was a rather pleasant one, but you never know in the VI.

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I was extorted into drinking two Pain Killers at Cruzan along with several samples. Then it was forcefully suggested that someone else drive back to the cottage. After that it was mandated that I take a nap for the rest of the afternoon! 

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Posted : July 9, 2019 1:18 pm
speee1dy
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lol, where did you here this bs

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Posted : July 15, 2019 8:00 am
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