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activated53

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1 week in DR last year
« on: September 12, 2015, 12:41:35 AM »
Sometime last year, I visited the DR for the first time. Small group of young males(20-30), it had been the first time for all of us. 7 days, and I have good memories and ones I could of gone without. Before my trip, I was excited and so I went online months beforehand to do research and be well prepared. I came upon this website and created an account mainly because I couldn't see the pictures without doing so lol. After reading so much, it only got me more excited and so I made a tagged account and began networking while still at home. I created a thread titled "Networking via tagged - A How To" I detailed how I went about it in case others might be interested in going the same route. This is the link to that thread: http://takemebacktososua.com/first-visit-to-sosua-stories/networking-via-tagged-a-how-to/msg29881/#msg29881

In hindsight even though it was entertaining and it allowed me to live the vacation before getting there, I would not do it again. I messaged several hundred via tagged from all over the DR, which translated to about 60-70 whatsapp contacts. I landed and got a claro sim card with a data plan my first day, needless to say I was quite well prepared. I say I wouldn't repeat it because I did not end up seeing a single one. When you land, there is no longer a need for it. So if you do go that route I would say do it for entertainment sake but realize chances are likely you will be distracted.

I have several stories of my adventures during my time there, I'll share one of the unfortunate blunders I got myself into out there. I was often mistaken for being Dominican while there, despite not speaking much spanish and required the aid of the translator app on my phone for most conversations. It's my appearance which is similar to theirs that allowed me to fit in, however it was the seemingly very noticeable resort bracelet and clothing that cued them into my likely tourist status.

I believe it was about our 3rd day and I talked some of the fellas into renting motorized scooters. I had a vision of myself zooming around on a scooter all over, exploring places, taking numbers, arranging tryst after tryst. We rented several, 1000 pesos($20 right?) for 24 hours. The owner and the guys around his business seemed cool, they had nice scooters and gave us a quick tutorial and test drive. He wanted to hold our passports however I told him I refuse to give him that, he settled for holding onto a drivers license from each renter. Insurance was included however it does not cover any damage sustained by the renters use. They said that I was the best driver out of the bunch and suggested I lead the pack as we drive roadside from the PP resort area to Sosua. We hit a gas station and then hit the road, when we got to Sosua, we went to check out the strip where all the clubs and whatnot are. We had been here a few nights earlier and had a great time, but this was there first time we saw it during the day. It was quite busy with foot traffic, so many many women. We stopped at a corner to ask a few chicas for directions to Sosua beach, they informed us to take a right at the street in front of us and then left at the next street. As I drove off, I didn't realize how fast I had hit the throttle and that I was going too fast to make the right turn. I grabbed the brake handle just over the throttle but I made a mistake because I did it in a bit of a panic. As I'm holding the brake I realize I am not slowing down because my thumb was still holding the throttle in the accelerate position. All this happened in about maybe 5-10 seconds max. From my start position to the side walk on the other end of the street I intend to turn right on is about a distance of about 6 meters or so. The side walk was about knee height level(flood precaution?) so when the front of my scooter made contact my body flew forward and stretched out completely vertical before landing on the side walk. The front end of the scooter was very badly damaged and no longer drivable. The key had broken in half while still in the ignition and the front casing had come loose. I was most concerned about the scooter considering all the headache I realized it is about to cause me. I landed on my belly but quickly rolled over to my back, and as everyone within a few blocks range froze and looked at me laying down, I was starring at the sky for a few seconds. I shouted out "fuck" really loud, lifted my head up and saw my friends looking at me in disbelief. I called my driver because I didn't know who else to call. I certainly wasn't going to call the owner of the scooters, they seemed ok but I knew he would work the books and make me over pay if I called him now.

 I was in a jam without anyone I could genuinely trust, so I trusted an old dominican man who I had given all my taxi business to while there. He showed up in about 15 minutes as he was thankfully nearby, when presented with my dilemma, he suggested I call the scooter owners. I explained to him my reasoning and he agreed, I told him I want to transport the scooter back to my resort and park it there over night while I think about my options. While we stood there next to my damaged scooter, chicas behind me were hissing at me and grabbing my shirt, I ignored them. Guys were presenting their offers of help/service from any angle they could perceive I might need, I felt like the vultures had started circling. My driver returned after asking around for someone with a pick up truck, I can't remember what I paid him but it wasn't much, also paid for his gas. I remember a young(I believe Haitian) kid who would not leave my side through all this and kept saying he just wants to help me and doesn't want money. I was too angry to do anything for him that day but saw him one evening as I was about to enter a club and paid for his cover. Oddly enough he rode on the back of the pick up truck all the way back to my resort, to make sure the scooter didn't fall or something.

I park the scooter by the entrance of the resort, and go to my room to think. What have I gotten into? Will the money I have be able to accommodate all that is about to arise? Should I call the owners and just trust them to do what's right and not to fuck me over? Should I get creative and try to mitigate damage? I decided I would get creative, find a garage that will fix it up for me and return it to the owners as if nothing ever happened. The other fellas, now disheartened on the scooter idea decided to return their scooters the next day. Before they left I handed them $20. I told them to inform the owner I would like another day with the scooter, I saw no reason why he would make a fuss about renewing mine via them. So off they went to return theirs and extend mine. While they left I had been coordinating with my driver who was en route with a mechanic he knows to give me an estimate for repairs. He tells me it will cost $200 all in, I accept and the 3 of us have a hard time hauling the scooter into my drivers minivan but get it done. Mechanic says I can pick it up tomorrow, and I feel like everything is going just fine. I was very wrong, my friends return and they did not have such a nice meeting with the scooter owners. The guy we dealt with earlier had been at their office and they walked in, told him their scooters are outside and that I wanted an extension as they handed him the $20. He gladly accepted the money and said ok, but then when he did the inspection of the scooters he claimed they put scratches on it. He demanded my friends pay more for the scratches, my friends told him to fuck off. He said the $20 they handed him was going to the scratches and that he no longer wanted to do business with us. He demanded the return of the remaining scooter asap and threatened to call police if it was not returned next morning.

I figure that my plan is still doing ok, the scooter will be fixed tomorrow and I'll return it right away. Initially I planned to hold the scooter for another day or two after the repairs because I enjoyed it. Now I no longer had that luxury I had to return it the very next day soon as I pick it up from the mechanic, otherwise who knows what would happen. Unfortunately, the next day my driver informed me that the mechanic updated him and said the job was bigger than expected. They need more time and that it should be ready tomorrow, I start to get a bit frustrated now but there isn't much I can do at this point, I have to stall. Stall for however long it takes for the repairs, but what if they just steal the scooter and deny I ever saw them before?

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Re: 1 week in DR last year
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2015, 12:42:29 AM »
Tired and must be up early, I'll finish the remainder of my scooter blunder perhaps tomorrow.

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Re: 1 week in DR last year
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2015, 08:21:22 AM »
Oh boy....

I agree 100% on the pre game. It is fun and gets you into the vacation but, it all goes out the window when you land. Great "how to" link, maybe this is the "why do" guide.

The scooter thing, can't imagine how the rest of this tale goes other than... Bad.

I usually rent a car. Josef in Cabarete and his brother in Sosua at OK are bad and good. The bad, I had to change cars twice in one week, first had no AC, second the power steering failed, the third did not lock, but I said fuck it, it would do. The good, when i picked up the car they do not do a walk around because you pay $4 included in insurance so they don't care what condition (he said this) you bring the car back. And they did NOT look at it when i brought it back. Good service, the cars are a bit tired, fair rates and they will do airport or hotel pickup.

I have rented at Payless at the airport. Great rates, good condition cars, but when i came back she spied a stone chip on the tail light that there was NO way i, or any mere mortal, would have noticed on the checkout. Will take photos next time and a video of them checking the car next time.

Hope this scooter mess did not prevent you from having a bit of fun on your trip.


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Re: 1 week in DR last year
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2015, 09:28:51 AM »
That's Why I Don't Rent shit When I'm out there.

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Re: 1 week in DR last year
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2015, 11:40:44 AM »
Damn, I am reading this story like its a NY Times best seller.....!!!!!  Popped open a beer and everything .... Will check in to read the conclusion like it's the finale of Empire....

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Re: 1 week in DR last year
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2015, 06:02:17 PM »
lol.  damn u put in the initial work and then didnt follow up?  sigh...  it looks like you still enjoyed yourself with the ladies.

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Re: 1 week in DR last year
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2015, 08:21:11 PM »
Don't leave us hanging finish the story bro!

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Re: 1 week in DR last year
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2015, 11:17:32 PM »
Thats messed up, talking about paying for some scratches,,they try to get you every chance they get....

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Re: 1 week in DR last year
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2015, 03:57:52 AM »
I'm still waiting for ending ....

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Re: 1 week in DR last year
« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2015, 12:42:40 PM »
yeah I gotta hear how this ends..thanks for sharing activated53

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Re: 1 week in DR last year
« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2015, 06:12:02 PM »
@bacardi  How's it going bro!  I'm like you...I am all into his story and can't wait to see what happens.

@activated53  I hope you made it back safe and without too many hassles!
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Re: 1 week in DR last year
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2016, 10:49:46 AM »
Hello Gentleman! Apologies for building up the suspense to this story for that long, was not my intention haha. I don't usually come on this site as it will make me start to think about the DR too much once again. However, I'm now considering the idea of going back for early July. Last time I was with a large group, however this time it will likely be a solo trip. That means I will probably lean on this forum more than last time. If any of the regulars/vets will be around in Sosua early July while I am, I would be happy to meet some of the forum members for a drink or two and make some new friends(I'm a Canadian black male close to age 30.) With that said, I'm now back on this forum to take in as much information during this time till I return. So I thought it is only right of me to finish this story! It's been a while so refresh yourself with the first part above and the finale is being typed up right now.

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Re: 1 week in DR last year
« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2016, 11:11:17 AM »
That same very day, stress levels were rising. As I was trying to stall, the owner of the scooter rental place was calling my all inclusive resort room phone off the hook. As I laid on my bed pondering what to do and regretting writing down my real room #, I decided to just answer. He asked for me by name, and said he wanted to scooter back the very next morning or he would have me arrested for theft. I pretended that I was a friend of mine, I told him that the guy he is looking for is around the island somewhere with his chica travelling, which is why he wanted to extend his rental. He wasn't having it and said our business was no longer desired, to return the scooter in the morning or the police will be looking for him.

Called my driver in the morning to ask if the scooter repairs were completed, he said no update yet. In the meantime, I joined along a tour with the rest of the fellas. I was quite paranoid after one of the security guards in our all inclusive approached me and said there is a man going around showing your drivers license and asking if anyone has seen you, just this very morning. I ran back to my room, put on a pair of big shades and wore a towel over my head. Started walking around corners slowly and being quite paranoid, which was a horrible feeling to have on vacation. I couldn't enjoy myself all day until late in the afternoon, I ot the call, the scooter is fixed.

My driver picks me up and we head into Puerto Plata, he takes me to a bank to withdraw money. There is a man with a huge shotgun guarding the atm thankfully. I get the $200 intially agreed upon, despite the fact my mechanic told me they already said it's a bigger job than expected however they didn't update the quote. I get there and the dude behind the counter tells me the bike is looking like new however it's now $300us instead of $200us due to unexpected events during repair. I told them that this was my own personal scoooter that I own, however I believe they suspected that was a lie. They knew they had me in a tough spot, so I went back to the bank and got the remainder of the money. Paid them, and they gave me a key. This was not even the same key/keychain as the original which were both broken during the crash haha. The scooter looks good as new, all damaged parts replaced, and scratches painted over, I was impressed with the work. Although it was a subtle difference, the scooter never did ride like before the accident, I could tell it just wasn't as powerful any more. So I'm now following my drivers taxi via the scooter through what was HEAVY traffic and hard/nerve racking to drive through.

 The fellas called me while I was en route back to the all inclusive and they tell me the scooter owner is at the lobby, with the resort security guards, waiting for me. I pull up 10 minutes later, park the scooter and approach the group. The group being my group of friends, the resort guards who are now probably quite interested in what's going on, and the scooter owner. He spots the scooter, and says he needs to check for damage. We all walk over and I can see the surprise on both the guard's eyes and the owner's eyes as they find no damage at all. They had all been quite convinced I was hiding because I crashed the scooter haha. He circles the bike and examines it and then says "good...no damage like your friends who scrathed the other ones, who will pay for their scratches?" I told him he already took a 20 to go to their scratches and that his business with them is with them, not me. We argue back and forth over who is responsible for that, and I tell him to fuck off and head into my all inclusive, as he waits outside staring at me walk away. I have a quick conference with the fellas, we decide the best route is to throw the keys at him and walk away. So that's what I did. I went back out, asked him, "is that your scooter?" He replied yes, and I replied "So take it and get out of here" As I throw him the key he has yet to notice is new haha. I walk away never to hear from him again, stress gone, unfortunately along with way too much money. The next remaining days of my vacation were much easier to relax, however, I was unable to do a lot of things I wanted. Unable to spend time with nearly as much chicas as I wanted, I started spending more time in the all inclusive where it was all free, versus touring the island and seeing everything and everyone, which I much preferred. I can't complain though, the crash was my own fault and it could have went much worse and cost a lot more money had I not taken steps to curb that. So I'm thankful for my experience despite all that! This time though...I'm coming back with a vengeance...and deeper pockets :)

 


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