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Old 06-18-2019, 08:48pm   #1
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Default Thoughts on the DR death toll

I have not seen even a whiff of wonder in our mainstream media whether any other country's nationals are dying of "heart attacks" while on vacation in the Dominican Republic. Are any of you aware if French, English, German or other tourist nationalities are suffering similar fates while on holiday there, or is this truly an American only abnormality?
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Sounds like poisoned minibars to me.
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Sounds like poisoned minibars to me.
I think so, too. Finally, being cheap pays off for me. I won't die from drinking tainted minibar liquor, because I just make a liquor store run instead if I want a drink.
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Nice recap for USA... are we truly the only country whose citizens die while in the DR?
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Nice recap for USA... are we truly the only country whose citizens die while in the DR?
Maybe, but I would like to be able to put it into the context of what percentage of tourists there are Americans. If we are, say 95 % of the tourists, then there's nothing odd about it. If we were, say, 30%, then that would be abnormal.

In days long ago a good journalist would do some research and include that info in the article. Now it's just let's write a few paragraphs with a clickbait headline and hope Yahoo picks it up.
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Maybe, but I would like to be able to put it into the context of what percentage of tourists there are Americans. If we are, say 95 % of the tourists, then there's nothing odd about it. If we were, say, 30%, then that would be abnormal.

In days long ago a good journalist would do some research and include that info in the article. Now it's just let's write a few paragraphs with a clickbait headline and hope Yahoo picks it up.

Google sez:
Last year, the Dominican Republic received a record-breaking 6.18 million visitors, which was a 3.9 percent increase compared to 2016. The main source market for the country's tourism was the United States, which made up more than two million of the Caribbean nation's total visitors.May 31, 2018
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Last year, the Dominican Republic received a record-breaking 6.18 million visitors, which was a 3.9 percent increase compared to 2016. The main source market for the country's tourism was the United States, which made up more than two million of the Caribbean nation's total visitors.May 31, 2018
Now that's what I mean. The reporter could have found that out in a few minutes. Thanks.
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Isnít pulmonary edema a symptom of cyanide poisoning? And insecticide parathenon poisoning.
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I think so, too. Finally, being cheap pays off for me. I won't die from drinking tainted minibar liquor, because I just make a liquor store run instead if I want a drink.
Most of those resorts are ďall inclusiveĒ so in room alcohol is included. Problem is these are not the typical bottles (airline size) you see in domestic mini bars. They are full size bottles with brand name labels that are in the room when you check in however they are usually already open and partially consumed. I think it is more likely the resorts are refilling bottles with homemade hooch and that is what is poisoning people. This practice is not limited to the DR. Very common in Mexico also
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Most of those resorts are ďall inclusiveĒ so in room alcohol is included. Problem is these are not the typical bottles (airline size) you see in domestic mini bars. They are full size bottles with brand name labels that are in the room when you check in however they are usually already open and partially consumed. I think it is more likely the resorts are refilling bottles with homemade hooch and that is what is poisoning people. This practice is not limited to the DR. Very common in Mexico also
And it's not limited to those 2 areas either, TGI Friday's in NJ got caught doing it a few years ago. I was one of the people who noticed it. My cousin works close by a TGIF in NJ so we stopped in for a drink. I ordered a Crown Royal and Coke, which is my primary drink when i'm out, so i know exactly how it should taste, and it was very very off. I had maybe 2 sips and switched to beer thinking it was the ice or something.

Found out a few months later that it tasted odd because they were filling the bottles with rubbing alcohol.

https://www.nydailynews.com/life-sty...icle-1.1414597
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Iíll be there in September. Will report back....or will I?
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Iíll be there in September. Will report back....or will I?
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new AD campaign: come for a week, stay forever....
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Stay because you were poisoned.
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The over simplification of what's going on in the DR is what annoys me. The defenders in the travel business say "x% of people die there all the time!" or "this is nothing new, 15 Americans died there last year!".

But that's just b.s. defensiveness because this is hurting their profession (travel agents).

It's not the quantity of people who have died, it's the causes.

Take for example last year - the State Department said that roughly 13 Americans died in the DR last year- were all from suicide, drownings, automobile accidents, etc. which aren't suspicious!

This year, the deaths are suspicious - healthy people passing out in their rooms and never regaining consciousness after drinking something.... not drowning, or suicide or car accident etc.

The Travel industry is spinning this like crazy, let's see what the FBI finds after it completes the tox reports on teh people who died that the DR didn't cremate.
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