THE EDITOR, Sir:
I identify with the pain felt by Debbie Jaggan, writer of the guest column 'Dunn's River's biased, ridiculous ID policy' (Gleaner, August 20, 2013).
The same thing happened to us three years ago with a group of 12 fellow Jamaicans, four from abroad but Jamaica-born who go back to the island to do missionary work in Portland and St Mary. We brought medical supplies because we felt we should give back from the blessings God provide for us.
The 'good/respectful' service attendant at the counter swore at us, called us criminals because we wanted to get into Dunn's River without paying the non-resident rate. It was a disgusting scene that left me feeling violated and disgusted with my own people.
We went to the Jamaica Tourist Board office in Montego Bay to file a complaint which it said it would investigate. We are still waiting for a resolution. I called Jamaica a few times but was unable to speak with the person 'responsible'. Therefore, we decided to take this venture elsewhere, because paying different fees for the same sights/sounds, etc. makes no sense. It's disingenuous and unfair.
The same thing happens at Bob Marley Museum/Green Grotto Caves and other attractions in Jamaica. I have never seen that anywhere else in the world, and it should not be allowed to continue.