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Tourism minister requests that fat, diabetic, substance abusers go elsewhere.

By willywonka follow willywonka   2019 Oct 19, 12:04pm 323 views   14 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    


FBI testing shows no tainted alcohol in Dominican Republic tourist deaths.

The FBI has released toxicology test results related to the deaths of three U.S. tourists in the Dominican Republic, according to the U.S. Department of State.

The results of the toxicology testing to date have been "consistent with the findings of local authorities," who have said there was no indication of foul play or physical violence in either case, a spokesperson for the State Department told USA TODAY.

The toxicology reports were for cases involving Miranda Schaup-Werner, who died May 25 in her hotel room, and Cynthia Day and Nathaniel Holmes, who died on May 30 at a sister resort.

Early reports indicated Schaup-Werner, 41, of Pennsylvania, collapsed after consuming a drink from the minibar at the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville. Dominican authorities later said she died of a heart attack.

Holmes, 63, and Day, 49, a couple from Maryland, were found dead in their hotel room at the Playa Nueva Romana resort. Preliminary autopsy results released by Dominican authorities indicated the couple died of respiratory failure and pulmonary edema, a condition caused by excess fluid in the lungs, according to CNN and CBS News.

The test results have been provided to the Dominican government and to the families of the deceased.

The tests conducted ruled out several potential causes of death for Day and Holmes, including methanol poisoning from tainted alcohol, the spokesperson said.

At least 10 U.S. tourists have died in the Dominican Republic since March. CNN reported in June the FBI was assisting with toxicology analysis in three of the deaths.

After some of the deaths led to questions about hotel room minibars, the Hard Rock Casino took the precaution of removing liquor dispensers from guest rooms there as well as at its Mexican properties.

In August, a resort temporarily closed after thousands of visitors canceled following a woman's report she had been beaten at the property.

In the wake of the reported deaths, the country began elevating safety regulations and enforcing food and drink inspections.

In September, the Dominican Republic Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier García held a briefing to discuss the ministry's commitment to tourist safety, announcing a National Committee of Tourism Security.

"Dominican Republic is a country that tries to safeguard the lives of tourists," said García.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/2019/10/18/dominican-republic-deaths-fbi-testing-shows-no-tainted-alcohol/4024849002/

1   Ceffer   ignore (4)   2019 Oct 19, 12:56pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

They must have used the Jeffrey Epstein Pathology Laboratories whose motto is "See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil".
2   Whoawhoawhoa   ignore (0)   2019 Oct 19, 1:28pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

I stayed at the Hard Rock Punta Cana the last week of February of this year for a wedding and got alcohol poisoning from the mini bar in the room that landed me in a Dominican ER, legit one of the scariest events of my life.

I'm fine, my body handled it but I could see how older less healthy individuals wouldn't be able to. If you visit the resort it's easy to see they have very little quality control. It's a huge place but lacks oversight that an American resort would have. Employees sell cocaine in the pool areas. Bootleg booze could be placed in the rooms by staff and management would have no idea.

I will never go back to the Domincan Republic or stay at any Hard Rock property outside the US.
3   just_dregalicious   ignore (3)   2019 Oct 19, 1:32pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Yikes! I'm glad you're okay. I highly recommend Hawaii. Maui in particular. Vacation by owner rentals can be nicer than hotels and the prices are usually better. I might be biased as an owner though but that's the feedback I get from guests.

Each time I hear of crap like this happening in the Caribbean or Mexico I envision it driving business toward my place. I'm not sure that really happens though. Long flight.
4   BayArea   ignore (1)   2019 Oct 19, 2:38pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Case closed.

All those young people died of natural causes at the same time. Good to know.
6   Booger   ignore (4)   2019 Oct 19, 5:49pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Go to a shithole country, and this is what you get.
8   willywonka   ignore (4)   2019 Oct 20, 3:09pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

just_dregalicious says
Yikes! I'm glad you're okay. I highly recommend Hawaii. Maui in particular. Vacation by owner rentals can be nicer than hotels and the prices are usually better. I might be biased as an owner though but that's the feedback I get from guests.

Each time I hear of crap like this happening in the Caribbean or Mexico I envision it driving business toward my place. I'm not sure that really happens though. Long flight.
I like Paia.
9   Hircus   ignore (0)   2019 Oct 20, 4:49pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

just_dregalicious says
I might be biased as an owner though but that's the feedback I get from guests.


I recall you mentioning your rental in Maui some years back. How have things progressed? Have you been able to maintain good occupancy rates and rental income?

How has the political climate towards vacation rentals evolved? I know a few years ago I looked and saw lots of chatter about how they might be adding new regulations on vac rentals to rein it in, which sounded really scary from an investment standpoint. I think I was reading about the big island (not sure if rules implemented there are shared on maui), but I watched some city council meetings and they were talking about maybe grandfathering all existing SFH rentals if you promise the start paying taxes, but that they would prohibit new rentals except for in areas zoned for it, and the zones looked pretty restrictive - basically, mostly in the hotel areas. I'm not sure how that all played out.
10   WookieMan   ignore (5)   2019 Oct 20, 5:51pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Beer. Just drink beer at these places.
11   MAGA   ignore (1)   2019 Oct 20, 8:34pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

They are not fat women, they are curvey. Ask any fat woman.


12   Patrick   ignore (1)   2019 Oct 27, 10:24am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Whoawhoawhoa says
I stayed at the Hard Rock Punta Cana the last week of February of this year for a wedding and got alcohol poisoning from the mini bar in the room


Not even wine is entirely safe from methanol. Some Italians were adding it to save money, killing 20 people back in 1986. I still avoid Italian wines.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1986/04/09/poisoning-scandal-rocks-italian-wine-export-business/0d1c784f-2e47-4078-af57-e1c04f3469ed/
13   willywonka   ignore (4)   2019 Oct 27, 10:37am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Patrick says
Not even wine is entirely safe from methanol.
They are the original Latinos.

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