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Icon September 27, 2011 - 10:49 Icon - 21 comments

Tourists Taken Advantage by Officers

Tourist on golf cart in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye

Dear Editor,
I am a tourist who was driving a rented golf cart and was stopped at the street check point. I was given a ticket due to my golf cart only having one license plate. I told the officer that it must have fallen off in the very bad roads in the DFC area. He gave me a $25 ticket and told me “Welcome to Belize” and all the officers laughed

Do they hate tourists here and want to drive them out? If so, they are doing a fantastic job. I will tell everyone how bad I was treated when I go home; just to help them out in their work. Do they go to school to be cops or do they just need a police record?

September 28, 2011 - 15:04

Stop being a mammas boy....when you rent a vehicle you should check it out even in the US.......where the police and system are more restricted, parking tickets tolls stop crying $25.00 belizeans wont hurt you.....

Think of at a investment to come back and be safe.....



September 28, 2011 - 11:00

If we all need to follow the laws why is there a small gray car cruising around the island with no license plate? I'm sure the traffic wardens know of this and most of us have seen it. Shouldn't this be investigated and dealth with? No one should be exempted from the law.

September 28, 2011 - 08:55

being a yearly visitor to La Isla Bonita, i must admit to being ignorant to laws(other than mans laws) and ordinances which directly apply to myself and my family. this  will promptly be addressed by becoming knowledgable.  that being said, the officers job is 1. to enforce these laws and ordinances  2. educate the tourists and locals.  demeaning another human being would not, i assume, be in their job description.  each person whether doing their job or living their everyday life chooses to make their interaction with others either a positive or negative experience.  its a choice.

September 27, 2011 - 21:12

first of all theres always two sides of the story,we have rules and regulations just as any other country in the world. If we go to the U.S. as tourist and break any of there laws we will pay for the consequences no matter if we are tourists or locals so whats the difference? If harrasment means wardens doing there job something is wrong with us people. I applaud the job the wardens do since its just two of them for this big island with so much traffic.

September 27, 2011 - 19:05


I totally disagree with the comments stated by tourist as well as by the commentators.  The wardens were only doing their job.  In any country, there is the rule of law and it must be obeyed.  I bet you that that very same tourist would not dare to drive in his or her own country without proper license plates as it is illegal.  The same happens in Belize and being a tourist does not exempt one from obeying the law.  That tourist should be humble enough to know that he or she was not obeying the law and pay the fine.   As to the commentators, it is easy to judge the wardens as they have not walked in their shoes taking the abuse and crap that is dished out to them by residents and tourists alike.  The wardens should be commended for being out in the hot sun trying to do their job with the limited resources at their disposition.  

September 27, 2011 - 18:25

Dear Editor,

The tourist is entitled to vent his or her frustration but the warden was only doing his job.  I bet you that that very tourist would not dare to drive a vehicle with only one license plate in his or her country as it is illegal.  The same goes for drunken driving, using drugs, etc.   Any law abiding citizen must understand that if you are breaking the law regardless of any excuses, there is a price to pay.   Every country has laws that must be abided by.   I do not see why being a tourist should exonerate you from obeying the laws.   

September 27, 2011 - 17:30


Traffic Officers should look at the way they speak to not only tourist but locals as well. We all live on this island and therefore should respect each other as brothers and sister of this island we call our home, secondly they  should take a look at what brings in their salary at the end of every month...if it were not for these tourist we have visiting la isla bonita there would be a work to offer them and cycles for them to be riding out on..think twice boys!!! come on lert live and act civil !!!


September 27, 2011 - 16:39

What a shame for all Belizeans and San Pedro in particular!  The island thrives because of the tourist industry and for a lousy cop to do that is a huge let down.  Whoever has the power in San Pedro, please look into this as there should be zero tolerance for this kind of behavior and abuse.

September 27, 2011 - 16:08


This story needs to be investigated and if it can be proven that the traffic officer indeed said so; Chris Nunez should recommened to fry their asses by firing both of them. How the hell can they speak to our tourists like this. They should give the example.

This needs to be investigated and somebody needs to be repremanded by loosing their jobs.

Thank You.

September 27, 2011 - 12:58

If this is True, I must say how shameful this is not only as belizeans but what it reflects on the island tourism. If we want keep tourists and not have a bad name this shall not be kept up.


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