Saturday, April 24, 2010

Own country

A few years back I remember blogging about how the airport is a country unto itself cause once you step onto the airport premises they duz feel that dey could charge you the most outrageous prices for any and everything under the sun. Well the same thing pertains to the movie cinema.

Friday night, straight from work, I decide I going to see The Losers. Its like the A-team with more black people, and all in all wasnt a bad movie (I'm predicting it will be better than the actual A-team movie later this summer) except the ending was a bit disappointing, lame and presumptuous too cause they clearly assuming that they mekkin a sequel and from the paltry number of people in the movie cinema I'd say the likelihood of that is about zero.

Now I know the prices at the cinema duz be mad so usually I duz eat before I step foot in dem people place but this time I was a bit pressed for time so I went in there kinda hungry but figured I could last out til after the movie.

Waiting in line though, I really start feeling a lil peckish so I say let me go buy a lil pieca candy from the concession stand (M&Ms if wunnah really wanta know) before I go in the cinema. So I step to the concession stand, a bag of M&Ms is like 4 dollars or about 2.5 times what they usually cost outside but whatever I gine get these to hold me over cause the popcorn starting near 5 dollars and I cud really do widout all dat salt anyways.

So the staff member pull out the M&Ms and look at me and say would you like a combo wid dat. So I think to mysef well maybe a combo wid a drink might not be so bad cause I thinking like how the fast food people duz gi ya a combo and then basically if ya buy the drink, burger and the fries it duz be cheaper than just buying the drink and the burger alone so ya getting a deal basically. Aint that the whole premise of combo?

So I ask the fella so hummuch is the combo. Hear he now, well you can add a drink and a popcorn and it will be only $15 dollars.

Only Fifteen who?? Wha the whole movie was only $10.25!! Which part of 4 dollars he feel I gine upgrade to a whole other 11 dollars extra to gi he 15 dollars for a drink and popcorn. Wha dat is sheer madness den. Chupse. Wha dat cant be nuh sorta deal, how a popcorn, drink and candy could cost you 15 dollars unless we stop dealing in Canadian dollars and dealing in some sort of devalued currency now.

Wha I cann understand dese people. Wha nuh wonder people duz gotta sneak food in the movie cause these fellas trying to juk out ya eye wid dem prices. As it was I thought the 4 dollars fa the candy was outrageous and swear neva again but 15 dollars wuhloss man, you know hummuch orville redenbocker popcorn I cud get fa 15 dollars? Nuff man nuff!

No star, I tell he no to the combo offer cause I aint buying nuttin more in movie land. These people and dem combos too cruel fa me. Wuhloss!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Money talks Bjerkhamn walks

I've been following this story in Barbados for the past week or so.

The synopsis is as follows:
Father, Jonas Bjerkham, accidentally shoots himself and his 11 year old son while cleaning gun. Son dies, father is in hospital for injury to his hand and is said to be distraught. Police wish to speak to father, father lawyers up and his lawyer and doctors say he's in no shape to speak to police. Police have him under close watch, escort him to and from the funeral last week and then yesterday somehow amazingly father manages to get out of the island via his private plane. Hmmm.

Well all I can say is that this is another example of one law for the poor and another for the rich which is not just something that happens in Barbados or other small countries cause I could cite the Jaffer case here in Toronto as a recent example as well (google Rahim Jaffer if you're interested).

Now regarding this incident in Barbados, I cant speak to the actual validity of the story of the incident but its still seems a bit sketchy since the father was apparently a gun dealer and well a dude who knew a lot about firearms so you would think he'd know better than to clean his gun when its still loaded with live ammo. However stranger things have happened.

Then there is the kids gloves with which the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) has treated Mr Bjerkhamn. Granted allegedly accidentally shooting ones own child has got to be a rather jarring and tragic experience so some leeway is expected in dealing with the father/shooter so the RBPF can't be totally blamed for showing some compassion and giving Mr Bjerkham time to deal with his grief but at the same time in hindsight clearly he was stalling.

Now one wonders what the police response would have been if Mr Bjerkham was not the scion of a wealthy family. Were it someone like me, god forbid, would I be given the time to grieve, would I have been able to get my doctors to say I'm in no shape to speak to police or to have the RBPF actually obey those doctors orders? Ummm. Would I have been in police custody or have guards at my hospital rooms doors until I was fit to give an account of the incident to police? Would they not have taken my passport and hey I don't even own a private jet yet. (a brother has to have goals right?) You tell me.

And what does Mr Bjerkham fleeing the country under the claim of seeking medical treatment in the US say about his innocence or guilt? I mean there was much sympathy for his dilemma, before he willingly left the country without notifying the police of his intent to leave. This sympathy has now all but evaporated as the citizens clamor for justice and wonder why the rules only seem to apply to those who aren't connected or who aren't rich. Cant blame them can you?

It just sort of hits the average man as a double standard when they realize that innocent or guilty they could not treat the local constabulary with the sort of disdain that Bjerkham and his handlers have and get away seemingly scotch free.

And after events like this we still wonder why the youth in the country don't respect authority.

But who knows maybe I read too much into things. Maybe Bjerkhamn will come back. I'm not holding my breath on it but maybe he will. Still even if that does occur he has clearly shown yet again that someone of his class doesn't need to follow the rules. Money and status talks dudes like Bjerkhamn walk.

But hey we all knew that already right.