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The Most Unusual Tropical Heist
By Rodd Jokre
Tuesday, November 04, 2003

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Thought up: 5.6.02 – 7:23pm
Written: 5.13.02 – 5:27pm

A couple weeks ago my friend went to The Virgin Islands for his brother’s wedding. He had a late night partying one evening, and, being the gentleman that he is, told this young lady that he’d walk her back to her hotel room. Well, he dropped her off at her room about 3 in the morning and proceeded to walk back to his place. Well, that’s about the time that these locals decided to do their “work.” And jumped out and grabbed him with masks on and pointed guns at him and demanded his money. He doesn’t carry his wallet around all the time, and this was one of those times, so he said he didn’t have it. They searched him and agreed, and then decided that they would all go to his hotel room and get what he had there… Now, I don’t understand this part exactly, but apparently they all got up to his room, and he gave away the 100 dollars he had, and the 25 that his little brother, not the one getting married, had in his wallet. The men concluded by telling my friend and his little bro that if they told anyone, they be killed because the masked men “knew where they were staying.”
Although it is a sad and possibly traumatic story that took place in a beautiful place to a good man, it still makes a guy think… Not that I don’t trust my friend; why would someone lie about something like this, but… How did these men get up to his hotel room I wonder? It’s not like you can just walk into a hotel with 3 masks on, and have guns to a guy, and just cruise through the lobby, unless you did it like they do in the movies where 3 scary locals are walking through a hotel which they obviously aren’t staying in with a white person, who is obviously a tourist, and walk up to his room undetected. Perhaps they do this a lot, and know the receptionist at the counter…

“Hello Betsy, nice to see you tonight!”
“Why hello Jimbo, I haven’t seen you in a while. Work hasn’t been so good to you lately?”
“No, since the recent downfall of the American economy, we’ve kinda been on tough times robbing tourists.”
“I can see that happening Jimbo, well have a good night, and hey, nice new mask! They really accentuate your eyes.”

Not too likely, but I guess it’s as likely as 3 locals coming into a nice hotel with a gun to a white guy, going up to his room, and coming back down with guns by their sides and calmly walking out the front door.
I just wish there were some way my friend could have thwarted these criminals that wouldn’t have put his life at risk. I rolled a few ideas back and forth in my head for a while, and came up with this idea for him… Why not, as soon as these guys jumped out at you and stuck guns on you, acted REALLY drunk. Stumbling around, and slobbering all over yourself pronouncing,
“Oh, thank God you cops are here, I have NO idea where I’m at or how to get home! Praise the Lord for you guys!”
And then fall on the ground, and, as he has no wallet, pretend to pass out, and then, even if they frisked him, they wouldn’t get anything, cause he has no money, and even better, I’m certain that they wouldn’t kill him, because he wouldn’t have given them a reason to shoot him, he’s just a drunkard that has lost his way. But if they did get smart with him, and said,

“Oh yea, we’re the cops son, just tell us your hotel and room number, and we’ll take you right there.”

Then maybe he’d be in trouble, cause who is to know, maybe they’re undercover cops just trying out a sting operation, or they really are dastardly robbing professionals. But I guess that’s a risk you’ll have to take if you’re gonna play the slobbering-drunk-guy-act-when-getting-robbed-in-a-tropical-island-paradise-routine…

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Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero 11/5/2003
Interesting story, Rodd. Enjoyed reading it.

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 11/4/2003
Enjoyed reading this as well..most interesting so!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by C.J. Park 11/4/2003
So these ideas Rodd, they just kind of come to you? See I just don't have to ability to think it thru that far, unlike you! Always a pleasure to read your stories!

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