Discussion in 'News - Breaking News & Political Forum' started by rabs77, Apr 10, 2019.
Already canceled my DR trip. I’ll be going to the Bahamas.
I love the Bahamas. Enjoy!
This is crazy and he’s from the DR
This is the like a scene in the movies where someone double crosses the devil and everything they touch turns to ish. All that's missing is an outbreak or a coup.
It sounds like they are watering their drinks down with a chemical that has lethal doses, especially if it's all-inclusive. They save money, but they're probably using an alcohol-based chemical so you can't tell the difference.
Like Slumdog Millionaire, but instead of water bottles they're using a chemical in a vodka bottle.
Why would you shot Big Papi? He's trying to help his fellow Dominicans.
And another one. At what body count does this place get shut down?
California man died in April at Dominican Republic resort after drink from hotel room minibar, family says
A fourth U.S. tourist died after he fell critically and suddenly ill at an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic about a month before three others died in their rooms, Fox News has learned.
Robert Bell Wallace, 67, of California, became ill almost immediately after he had a scotch from the room minibar at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort in Punta Cana, his niece, Chloe Arnold, told Fox News on Sunday. He was in the Dominican Republic to attend his stepson’s wedding.
Arnold said her uncle, an avid traveler, had been in relatively good health and just the month before had been skiing in Lake Tahoe.
Smh. I believe all of these deaths and poisonings have been happening at an alarming rate for years but people were being convinced they were isolated incidents. Now with stories finally making it in the news and social media everything is coming to a head. I see some Dominicans on social media getting annoyed talking about stuff like this has been happening for years and people need to move on. Like what? Whether one person or hundreds, going to a foreign country to die is not acceptable. I hope people keep sharing their stories and save lives.
I never had issues with the mini bar drinks but I will say that the food in the D.R. is hit or miss. Some of it looked suspect to me so I didn't eat it. I was concerned about the meats, cheese, and produce sitting out at the buffets. Even though it was refrigerated or on ice I still felt uncomfortable eating it because lot of the restaurants are open air and it's very hot outside. Before I go on vacations, I always read Trip Advisor and a lot of people had stomach issues after visiting resorts in the D.R. I packed some Pepti-Bismol just in case and thankfully I didn't have any problems. I enjoyed the food more at other tropical places that I've visited - Jamaica, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Cancun, etc.
New York Woman Vomited Blood After Drink At Dominican Republic Resort Where 3 Americans Died
'I Believe These People Were Poisoned. I Would've Been Poisoned Had I Not Held It In My Mouth... It Took Effect Really Fast.'
June 8, 2019 at 11:50 pm
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A Brooklyn woman is claiming she vomited blood after drinking a beverage from her hotel room’s mini bar in the Dominican Republic.
She says it was at the same resort where three American tourists died last month, reports CBS2’s Reena Roy.
Awilda Montes believes her 7UP bottle was actually filled with bleach when she was on vacation.
She initially thought it might’ve been some kind of accident or mix up, but now with the recent news of three people dying at the same resort, this could be something criminal
Mysterious Deaths In The Dominican Republic
It was supposed to be a romantic getaway with her boyfriend at the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville Resort last October.
Just a few hours into Montes’ vacation she was rushed to the hospital.
“You finally get those days off you look forward to and something like this will happen?” said Montes. “You just don’t expect this.”
She says it all started when she opened a bottle of 7UP from her hotel room’s mini bar. She noticed it didn’t have fizz and assumed it was simply flat, but quickly tasted what she believed was bleach.
“I was cautious when I took a gulp of it,” said Montes. “I immediately felt it burn me, burn my mouth, burn my tongue.
“My mouth was on fire,” she said. “When I spit it out in bathroom sink it was blood. I was just irrigating my mouth.”
The hotel staff brought her to a local clinic where doctors treated her for the pain and vomiting.
Montes says the resort apologized, offering upscale dinner reservations and a couples’ massage.
Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville Resort (credit: CBS2)
The resort is where three American tourists were found dead last month: 41-year-old Miranda Schaup-Werner collapsed and died after also drinking a beverage from the mini bar, according to her family.
Five days later, a Maryland couple were found unresponsive in their room at a sister hotel in the same resort. They showed no signs of violence, and relatives say they were healthy.
“At the time I didn’t think it was done deliberately,” Montes said about her experience. “Until I saw the news and realized there has to be some kind of correlation with what happened to me and what happened to them.
“I believe these people were poisoned,” she said. “I would’ve been poisoned had I not held it in my mouth and spit it (out) because it took effect really fast.”
In a statement, the resort claims Miranda Schaup-Werner died of a heart attack. A family spokesman says she was treated for a heart issue years ago but was recently in good health.
“We don’t have any answers of what happened down there,” said neighbor Mike Saraceni.
The FBI confirms it is investigating the sudden deaths. Preliminary autopsies indicate all three had the same cause: fluid in the lungs and respiratory failure.
Resort officials tell CBS News the deaths are unrelated. CBS2 has reached out to them for information in Montes’ case and are waiting to hear back.
I guess that it is good that I am too cheap to drink anything from the mini bar in hotels.
Are they watering down all the drinks or do some people not get sick from the contamination?
At all-inclusive resorts like this one, everything in the room is included.
American Suddenly Died in Dominican Republic Weeks Before 3 Others, and FBI Will Investigate
PeopleJune 10, 2019
Colorado Couple Says They Became Violently Sick at Dominican Resort Where 3 Americans Died
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“He was fine,” Arnold said. “On April 11 he had scotch from the minibar. He started feeling very sick, he had blood in his urine and stool right afterward.”
He died three days later, and Arnold claims that authorities have not given them a cause of death. “We have so many questions,” she said. “We don’t want this to happen to anyone else.”
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JUST IN: US State Dept confirms a 4th American tourist death in the Dominican Republic.
He has been identified as Robert Bell Wallace, a native of the Bay Area https://www.kron4.com/news/world/4th-us-tourist-native-to-bay-area-dies-in-dominican-republic-resort/2066034314 …
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According to the autopsy report, the couple suffered respiratory failure and fluid accumulation in their lungs, with Day also suffering a cerebral edema, though the cause of the fatal episodes was not clear and toxicology results are still pending.
According to a lawsuit filed by the couple, their room smelled of chemicals. They say they experienced headaches, nausea, cramping and diarrhea.
FBI Will Conduct Tests at Resort Where 3 Americans Died
RELATED: Pennsylvania Woman Died at Same Dominican Republic Hotel 5 Days Before Engaged Couple Found Dead
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“We have 2.7 million Americans who come to the country and the statistics is that this is a very … unique event,” Bernstein said. “They come to visit the beautiful beaches and enjoy the great culture. Unfortunately sometimes those things happen to people.”
The resorts did not respond Monday to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
So now the FBI will be getting involved.
All of these stories are getting mixed up together in the various articles. I think the last one was the guy who died in April after drinking from the mini bar at the Hard Rock resort. I read that the bodies of the couple from Maryland have returned to the U.S. and their families have requested to have additional autopsies done. That's good and hopefully they can accurately determine the cause of death.
^^ EH? say what, now!?!
I been cool on the DR because of how they treat Haitians but I most certainly ain’t ever gotta step foot in the place now.
Another one??? Also, the "I Was Poisoned" website has numerous reports from people who got sick at some of these resorts, mainly the Hard Rock in Punta Cana.
I’m down here now at a resort. Last night on the local news they featured the black engaged couple and attributed their deaths to possible overdoses of oxicotin and something to treat rheumatoid arthritis that they had prescriptions for treatment. No mention of these other cases.
Also last night, SO and I were walking late at night and a golf cart with pesticides was driving around spraying everything. I had a real panicked as it drove pass me twice fumigating and I inhaled so much of it trying to just walk back to my room. I’m so pissed they just fumigate so sloppily (roads and sidewalks while people are walking’)
Apparently..not only Americans ..the witness stories are trickling in...
‘COULD HAVE BEEN US’
Brit couple ‘poisoned by air con’ at resort in Dominican Republic where four tourists mysteriously died
By Mark Hodge
12 Jun 2019, 19:01
Updated: 12 Jun 2019, 19:48
A BRIT mum was hospitalised after breathing in “chemical” fumes at a hotel resort in the Dominican Republic where four tourists have died in recent months.
Sara Taylor, 53, from Poole, Dorset, and her family were forced to move rooms at the Grand Bahia Principe resort on May 29 when they began choking on the toxic air in their suite.
Sara and Kevin Taylor suffered health problems after breathing in fumes at the Grand Bahia Principe in the Dominican RepublicCredit: Sara Taylor
Hotel staff sealed off rooms in the couple's apartment block using sellotape around the door frame
Sara's family said they smelt 'chemical' fumes in their room and demanded to be moved
The following morning, American couple Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Day, 49, were found dead in their beds at the hotel.
A total of six tourists have died at resorts on the Caribbean island in recent months – four at the Grand Bahia and its sister hotel Luxury Bahia Príncipe Bouganville which are five minutes walk from each other.
Sara and her husband Kevin, 59, believe the fumes they smelt had come into the room through the air conditioning vent.
The British mum told The Sun Online that her entire family – including Kevin's son, his partner and their nine-year-old boy - suffered health problems after spending no more than 30 minutes in the conjoining room.
She says she attended A&E shortly after returning home to the UK after suffering breathing problems.
Sara said: “We all had headaches, a couple of us had diarrhoea, my husband had heart palpatations and I had problems with my breathing.
“But I thought it was the humidity of the holiday and the change in diet.
“We arrived back in the UK on June 6 and I was still getting breathing problems and I was using my inhaler a lot more.
The British housewife says that 11 of the 16 rooms in her block were sealed offCredit: Sara Taylor
The morning after the British family were moved another couple at the resort were found dead
Credit: Sara Taylor
“When we arrived back in the UK on June 6, I rang 111 to get medical advice and they told me I should go straight to Accident and Emergency.
“When I arrived at the hospital they gave me an ECG, chest x-rays, blood tests and gave me a nebuliser to help with my breathing.
“The doctors believe the symptoms I was having were the result of me breathing in these chemicals - whatever they were - in our room."
On the evening her family were moved suite, Sara went back to the apartment block, named Villa 25, and photographed the room doors which were sealed with “thick sellotape.”
She says that 11 of the 16 rooms were sealed and had ‘Do Not Disturb’ signs on them – yet the hotel still allowed her family to live in the building for the first week of their holiday.
Sara fears that if her family had stayed in the room, or had fallen asleep before the fumes had filled the suite, they would have died.
She is relieved her husband, who owns a company which installs and maintains air conditioners, recognised the danger and demanded they move building.
The Brit said: “If we had stayed in those rooms that night - we wouldn't be here now.
“We feel devastated that we didn’t knock on the other doors now to see if they had the same problem as us
“Our thoughts are with all those who lost their lives and their families and friends
“I don't want anyone to have to go through their family members going on holiday and not coming home like those poor Americans did.”
Sara, who married Kevin in the Dominican Republic in 2008, says hotel staff refused to tell them why the rooms had been sealed off.
She insisted she will demand a refund from her holiday tour operator TUI, formerly Thomsons.
An ex-FBI boss has called for a major investigation into the recent spate of deaths at the resorts in the Dominican Republic.
'Poisoning' deaths at resorts in the Dominican Republic
Robert Bell Wallace, 67, died on Aprl 13 after he became sick and "urinated blood" after he had one whisky from his room minibar at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana.
American David Harrison, 45, of Maryland, died in July last year at the same Hard Rock Hotel resort after a sudden heart attack.
His heartbroken widow Dawn McCoy said her husband was mumbling inanely and complained of a "very potent, strange smell".
Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, collapsed died in her room after having a drink from her minibar at the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville in La Romana, 70 miles west of Punta Cana
Five days later, Edward Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Day, 49, were found dead in their room at the neighbouring Grand Bahia Principe resort.
And it has since emerged Yvette Monique Short, 51, passed away she had a drink from the minibar.
It wasn’t clear if Mr Holmes and Ms Day drank from the minibar, and their deaths were attributed by officials to respiratory failure.
Former bureau deputy assistant director Danny Coulson told FOX News: "It doesn't make much sense.
"This thing doesn't pass the smell test. These people didn't have simultaneous heart attacks.
"There needs to be a major investigation."
Authorities from both the US and the Dominican Republic are currently on the ground investigating the deaths amid fears the tourists may have been poisoned.
Coulson offered his opinion on the case, saying he believed "environmental issues" were to blame.
He explained that pesticide restrictions were "pretty liberal" in the region.
"If you've been to one of these hotels they spray [pesticides] all the time."
The former law enforcement chief urged authorities to release toxicology reports of the victims.
A total of 30 million tourists have visited the island in the past five years and 2.7 million US tourists visit the popular holiday destination every year.
179,000 British nationals visited the Dominican Republic in 2017.
Please be careful ..and I wish you a safe trip back home.
This is so infuriating! Bahia Principe resorts in the DR need to be shut down and the employees belong in prison.
They’re full of it What a twisted country. Wishing you safe travels.
It's happened at Hard Rock Cafe, too. From the story about the death of Barbara Corcoran's brother:
Tourism is so critical to the economy that they don't want to acknowledge there's a problem and stop the $$$. If they know what's good for their bottom line, they will isolate and close just the resorts that are problematic. Seems fairly easy... unless the problem is even more widespread than the reports now trickling out suggest.
This happened to me years ago in Canada. People would literally stop, turn around, and point everywhere I went. I didn't know if it was because I was Black, 6'1, or something else. It was creepy.
It happened to me when I was in China. I just stare right back until they look away. You take my picture, I take your picture. If I'm not by myself, you point at me, I point right back.
People literally try all different type of ways to get me in their pictures. Some were bold enough to ask. Nope, I'm not part of the exhibit.
Oh we're talking about Bahia Principe huh? They built their Jamaican hotel a few years ago, and let me just say Jamaicans who know the history will not stay at that resort, no matter how low their local rates get. Let me just leave this right here....http://www.northcoasttimesja.com/?p=5348
Article contents pasted below for those who don't want to click. I chose this article because it condenses all the 'incidents'. Something is not right about that place.
More questions about those Grand Bahia Principe Hotel related tragedies
Grand Bahia Principe Hotel is not strange to controversial or tragic news.
A fatal crash that involved a coaster bus owned by the hotel which resulted in the death of two employees on Tuesday night, November 22, was not the first time that employees from the hotel died in fatal crashes.
Approximately ten workers have died in road fatalities since last year.
The common thread that connects them all is that they were employed to the Grand Bahia Principe Hotel.
SPANISH WORKERS KILLED
One of the most horrific crashes to involve employees of the hotel was on March 1, 2015.
It claimed the lives of four Spanish-speaking overseas workers employed to the hotel. The Toyota Yaris motor car, in which the four men were travelling, crashed into a tractor trailer on the Braco main road in Trelawny.
The four dead men were identified as: Sergio Gonzales, Garvin Arias and Ruiz Farael of the Dominican Republic and Oliver Torres of Spain.
Reports from the Trelawny police were that at about 4:35 a.m., the four were travelling east, from Montego Bay when the car drifted into the path of the International truck which was heading in the opposite direction.
The truck overturned but the unidentified driver and a female passenger apparently suffered only minor injuries and were treated at the nearby Falmouth Public General Hospital and sent home.
It was reported that blood, crushed bones and chunks of human flesh scattered across the crash site, which signaled the horrifying evidence of the violence of the smash that police immediately attributed to bad road conditions caused by early morning showers and possible speeding in an area known as an accident zone.
FOUR WORKERS KILLED TOO
Tuesday night, June 21, 2016, it was a similar story. Four workers of Grand Bahia Principe Hotel died as a result of injuries in a three vehicle collision on the Llandovery main road in St Ann often referred to as a crash hot spot.
Those killed at that time were: 21-year-old Michael Glasgow of Village Green, St Ann’s Bay, St Ann; 22-year-old Eric Forbes of Steerfield, St Ann; 24-year-old Jaynor Powell of Charles Town, St Mary and Teisha Douglas from St Thomas.
Reports vary about what happened, but it was believed that the Honda Civic — which had six persons on board and was being driven by Glasgow — was overtaking a car when it got out of control and collided into a truck travelling in the opposite direction. The Honda Civic was shoved into a Toyota Corolla motorcar.
All six passengers in the Honda Civic motorcar were cut from the vehicle and rushed to the St. Ann’s Bay Hospital.
Eric Forbes, Jaynor Powell and Teisha Douglas were among those who were pronounced dead at the hospital.
The driver, Michael Glasgow died some hours following the crash on Wednesday afternoon, June 22.
TWO FEMALE WORKERS KILLED TOO
Fast forward five months later and employees of the Grand Bahia Principe Hotel are grieving yet again.
The hotel’s coaster bus crashed into a parked truck on Tuesday night, November 22 killing two young female workers in the prime of their life.
Those killed in the crash were: 23-year-old Jodian Duncan, a waitress of Exchange, St Ann and 24-year-old Shanique Grey, a member of the kitchen staff, from Oracabessa, St Mary.
Reports indicate that at about 11:45 p.m., Duncan and Grey were among ten passengers on board a 29-seater Grand Bahia Principe staff bus travelling east towards Ocho Rios.
The bus later collided into a truck, which was parked in the vicinity of the Pearly Beach property on the Dunn’s River main road.
Jodian Duncan died on spot and had to be cut from the wreckage, while the other female died at the St Ann’s Bay Hospital.
Eight other employees of the hotel and the driver were treated at the hospital and released.
The Road Safety Unit (RSU) says preliminary investigations indicate that faulty judgment on the part of the bus driver caused an accident.
The driver was warned for prosecution as investigators are still collecting statements in the matter.
Several suspicions and speculations and stories about the supernatural have swirled in the public arena since that fatal crash which has caused people to reflect on several Bahia related incidents.
The hotel stands high, beautiful and majestic in Pear Tree Bottom, Runaway Bay, St Ann, but tragedies seem to accompany the hotel from days gone by with its construction. In August 2, 2006, construction was suspended due to an incident which resulted in the death of one worker and injuries to some 15 employees.
The death and injuries resulted from the collapse of a concrete structure being erected, towards the end of the work day, at about 5:00 p.m., on August 2, 2006. The persons who were injured were being treated at the St. Ann’s Bay Hospital.
Then in October, 2015, when the hotel was being expanded, another construction worker died, but this was not heavily reported in the media.
Also during the construction of the hotel, there were reports of persons seeing ghosts on the site
Maybe something’s wrong with the water? Seems like every case involved iced alcoholic beverages.
How long before we hear about this negatively impacting tourism in these areas? I want it to hurt the resorts.
Another one... why her son have to get her ashes back???
NY woman, 53, died on vacation in Dominican Republic; son demands answers
By Frank Miles | Fox News
A New York woman, 53, is the latest American tourist to die in the Dominican Republic, long one of the top Caribbean destinations for U.S. travelers.
Leyla Cox of New Brighton went on vacation June 5 and was expected to return on June 12, as The Staten Island Advance reported.
Cox, who had traveled alone before, was found dead of a heart attack in her hotel room, according to the news outlet.
Leyla Cox went on vacation June 5 and was expected to return on June 12. (Facebook)
“We can confirm the death of U.S. citizen Leyla Cox in the Dominican Republic on June 11. Out of respect for family members and loved ones we cannot comment further,” a State Department official confirmed to Fox News.
COLORADO COUPLE FILES SUIT ALLEGING CHEMICALS AT DOMINICAN REPUBLIC RESORT MADE THEM CRITICALLY ILL
So far, at least six American tourists have died under oddly similar circumstances -- four this year, two last year -- in the Dominican Republic, a rash of deaths of seemingly healthy people.
“I am overwhelmed and confused and in shock,” William, 25, her only child, said. “With everything going on in the news right now, we think she’s a casualty of what’s been happening."
His mom’s coworker posted a tribute on Facebook.
Peggy McGinley Reilly wrote: “She turned 53 on Saturday. I want the world to know, that another US Citizen passed away in this vacation destination, that as far as I know is not being held accountable for the past transgressions. Hopefully this will be investigated.”
On Wednesday, Dominican tourism officials said they wanted to reassure U.S. tourists that U.S. federal agents and health specialists have been taking an active role investigating the deaths.
The Tourism Ministry said it wanted to “extend its sincerest condolences to the families and friends of those affected in the tragic events that have been reported over the last few weeks in the country.”
The FBI was conducting deeper analyses of toxicological results, warning that conclusions may take up to a month and urging “patience during this process.”
Leyla’s son said his family didn’t have the money to figure out any mysteries over his mother’s death.
“They’ve put me against a wall where I don’t have a choice,” he said. “Our own toxicology report would cost copious amounts of money.”
He added, “I have to get her ashes back.”