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Female taxi driver hurls abuses & threats in front of tourists on VG

- Concerned Tourist Board refers matter to Taxi & Livery Commission
A screen shot showing a portion of the rock that the female taxi driver threatened to hit a man with at Virgin Gorda on December 28, 2019. Photo: Team of Reporters
The incident took place in the parking lot of the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour on December 28, 2019. Photo: VINO/File
The incident took place in the parking lot of the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour on December 28, 2019. Photo: VINO/File
According to owner of Sweet Ice Willy taxi service, Mr William A. Penn (2nd from left), he believes he was targeted in such an obscene manner because of jealousy since his taxi service’s popularity has grown over the years because of its professionalism and hospitality efforts. Photo: Team of Reporters
According to owner of Sweet Ice Willy taxi service, Mr William A. Penn (2nd from left), he believes he was targeted in such an obscene manner because of jealousy since his taxi service’s popularity has grown over the years because of its professionalism and hospitality efforts. Photo: Team of Reporters
Director of Tourism Sharon P. Flax-Brutus has said the incident with the female taxi driver has been referred to the Taxi and Livery Commission for handling. Photo: Facebook
Director of Tourism Sharon P. Flax-Brutus has said the incident with the female taxi driver has been referred to the Taxi and Livery Commission for handling. Photo: Facebook
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- In what was described as a slap in the face to tourism efforts in the Territory, a female taxi driver drew much negative attention on Virgin Gorda on Saturday, December 28, 2019 when she, in front of tourists, including children, and other members of the public, repeatedly hurled dirty words and threatened to strike a male taxi driver with a large rock in the parking lot of the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour.

The matter has since reached the attention of the BVI Tourist Board (BVITB), who has asked the Taxi and Livery Commission to address.

Captured on video

It is not exactly clear what started the confrontation but a video, which has been shared on social media, and sent to our news room, carries audio of a female making threats to the person recording the video and repeatedly using indecent language.

More than one person could be heard telling the woman to stop because her bahaviour was looking bad. “You don’t mess with me….I would put a rock in you M***Sk***…you don’t come and take no picture of me, you here what I say?” the woman, who is said to be a female taxi driver originally from St Kitts, is heard saying.

The person holding the camera then tells her there are children around and she should stop. “Is you I dealing with. I will F**** you up you know. You ain’t know %$&* me,” the irate woman responded.

“Stop it, behave yourself, I not pointing anything at you,” the man repeatedly said.

The 3-minute video sent to our newsroom at no point shows the camera purposely aimed at the woman.

The infuriated woman; however, repeatedly dares the man to focus the camera on her.

“I would mash you Mu****Sk*** up today, stop @#$%&9 around me. Don’t point no camera at me. You is a lil &*^$ pu$*y.”

At one point a female tells the raging female taxi driver that she can’t be behaving that way in front of children and her guests.

“Hello miss, I have nothing to do with you and Ice Willy. Tell he don’t point he camera at me.”

“But you cannot cuss in front of guests darling, sorry,” the woman is heard saying.

The female taxi driver; however, tells the woman she is only getting involved because Mr Penn was there.

At that point the guests start to board a taxi and the video ends.

‘Most unprofessional’

Virgin Islands News Online understands that the tourists who had to endure the woman’s vulgar outburst were guests of a yacht charter on Virgin Gorda. The yacht charter had contracted the services of Sweet Ice Willy taxi service to transport its guests to The Baths.

The charter has since written to the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour on the incident, asking for the management of the harbour to resolve the issue.

In the email to the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour, which has been seen by our newsroom, the charter confirmed it had contacted the owner of Sweet Ice Willy taxi service, Mr William A. Penn, to take its guests to The Baths. It also said it has been using Mr Penn's taxi service for the past 5 years.

“The following actions were probably the most unprofessional I have ever seen on VG. A woman with a different taxi company started cussing and screaming at Ice Willy. Then she picked up a huge rock and threatened to hit him and his taxi.

“All of this in front of my guests- four of which were children,” the charter company wrote.

‘Jealousy’

Meanwhile, efforts to reach the woman in the video were unsuccessful; however, owner of Sweet Ice Willy taxi service, Mr William A. Penn was contacted on the ordeal.

Mr Penn said he was called to collect some tourists at the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour to transport to The Baths and had proceeded to do so when he was met with abuse from the female taxi driver.

“She stay from the taxi stand and bawling out to the people ‘do not go with he, do not go with he, he is a thief, he is a convict, he been in jail. I am going to tell all the guests them so…’”

Mr Penn said he then asked a fellow taxi driver to record the woman’s behaviour since it was reportedly not the first time she was engaging in such a disgraceful way.

“It happened before. So he took out the phone and had it by his side taping everything. He didn’t point it at her, just taping it at the side. She took up a big rock, coming towards my taxi and hurling threats.

Although not heard in the video, Mr Penn claimed that at one point one of the tourists, a male, cautioned the woman to check her language since his children were there; however, the male tourist was also allegedly met with indecent language.

Shaken guests

Mr Penn said his guests were scheduled to visit The Baths but after the ordeal they were so upset and frightened that they were reluctant to go. “That was so embarrassing, embarrassing to our little sweet BVI where we depend on tourism. If people don’t come we can’t make no money. It’s really bad.”

Penn believes he was targeted in such an obscene manner because of jealousy. “She can’t be like me. She on a different level and that is what hurting them,” he posited, noting that he maintains a good relationship with his guests and his popularity has grown over the years because of his professionalism and hospitality efforts.

It was also noted that the Manager of the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour, security personnel of the harbour and police came to the scene; however, the woman refused to be calmed down.

“This is our country. We can’t have these kinds of things going on, in front of our guests. This is has to stop right away. This is out of order and the whole world is seeing this.”

BVITB refers matter to Taxi & Livery Commission

Mr Penn said he made a report to the police on the matter; however, on January 2, 2019 the Royal Virgin Island Police Force (RVIPF) said it had no written report of the matter and no arrests or charges were made.

“At the moment there is no such report,” Police Information Officer, Akia L. Thomas told Virgin Islands News Online.

And with the incident casting a poor image on the Territory as a tourism destination, contact was made with the BVI Tourist Board (BVITB) to see if it was aware of the matter and what actions it was taking.

“We are aware of the taxi challenges and have referred the matter to The Taxi Commission for follow up and handling,” Director of Tourism Sharon P. Flax-Brutus briefly stated on January 2, 2020.

52 Responses to “Female taxi driver hurls abuses & threats in front of tourists on VG”

  • Hmmmm (06/01/2020, 13:18) Like (9) Dislike (25) Reply
    Ahyou, really like to stir up Ants Nest, what them boys was doing was wrong, especally Heavy B. He need to go bathe from being through ppl. This is blown out of porportion. Nonsense.
  • FEO GOMEZ (06/01/2020, 13:35) Like (28) Dislike (6) Reply
    An ugly KITTITIAN should not be allowed to be in Taxi services. Her mouth, heart and face UGLY. We shouldn't have to deal with beasta of the field. Wilder beast to be exact.
  • ta ta (06/01/2020, 13:41) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
    This is SHAME Ful
  • Hmm (06/01/2020, 13:42) Like (19) Dislike (4) Reply
    She cant get on so in front of tourists. But not to worry she will get a slap on the wrist and will be fine. If she was local she would have already had her license taxi revoked or suspended at least while the matter is under investigation. She will be fine. Politics.
  • SMH (06/01/2020, 13:48) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
    She knows better and her license should be suspended for 3 months!! It’s embarrassing to the community especially from a grown women.
  • rude (06/01/2020, 13:55) Like (34) Dislike (2) Reply
    They need to take her taxis licence an give her a animal caring license these people so is bad for our tourist industry they also need to do a change up in customs an immigration to vg hogs
  • It’s No Secret (06/01/2020, 14:15) Like (77) Dislike (0) Reply
    Such despicable behavior and language has no place in tourist/hospitality industry. Or any industry.
  • Cut and go tru (06/01/2020, 14:16) Like (32) Dislike (2) Reply
    Virgin gorda people need to grow up.when lucyann and ex boyfriend who was a police shot a tourist and four other people was hurt.anything come out of that.vg wakeup and check yourself.patsy been a problem for a long time everyone in vg is afraid of her.patsy run mr das of das taxi with knife.every one in virgin gorda have a problem with that lady.dodo have her court now.this happen at the baths in front of tourist too.when are we gonna do something about her.she should not taxi or deal with tourist at all.i think the blame is the govement they not doing nothing about it.
  • tom from nyc (06/01/2020, 14:31) Like (35) Dislike (4) Reply
    i just saw this.it made me think of last year when me and my family came to virgin gorda.while we was waiting on our taxi which is sweet ice taxi.this lady came to us saying if we need a taxi,i told her we have one already we told her we got sweet ice she starting telling us he is no good he been in jail and he gonna rob us.i told her i dont need to hear about that he been good to us.sweet ice was comming and she leave.i think it was bad that she is telling people this.we came on vacation not on crime finding out.my family was so upset.virgin gorda is a beautiful place lets keep it that way.
    • Try go siddung (06/01/2020, 15:18) Like (9) Dislike (25) Reply
      For somebody from NY City you sure write like you need more english classes. Try go siddung and find a LifeBoy.
      • Grammarian (07/01/2020, 07:40) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
        Pot calling kettle black there. English is capitalized, siddung I presume means sit down, and not clear if you mean find a lifebuoy or find a life, boy. Tom from NY obviously forgot that the first personal is capitalized, as are name places and company names. His subject and verbs do not agree and so forth.

        But this is not about English grammar, it is about someone who evidently found it necessary to be rude to outsiders, apparently feeling slighted for some reason.
      • .... (08/01/2020, 22:47) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        This whole "siddung" thing is ridiculous

        Tola people dont even speak like that. Its a set of foreigners repeating this online. Exactly how people sound when they try imitating a jamacian accent. Its fake and sounds fake.

        How about this "go home!"

        Further more its a set of foreigners interacting with tourist giving the place a bad vibe. Keepin it real.
  • see here now (06/01/2020, 14:49) Like (26) Dislike (22) Reply
    These are the kind of people that the VIP has given belonger status to
  • This Needs To Stop (06/01/2020, 14:49) Like (31) Dislike (0) Reply

    I recently witnessed her and a security officer at the same marina trying to take guests to her taxi when Mr. C***e aka T***s was already taking the guests to his taxi. She began to shout at Toots infront of the guests claiming that he is not to take the guests and to removed his taxi from the yard. The security officer, A**** (from Grenada), immediately became taxi dispatcher, as T***s called her and argued that P***y is taking the guests and that T*** should calm down. P***y and this security officer has been running down guests and it needs to stop. This is very heartbreaking and embarrassing to our vg community. The state of the marina is already deplorable. Why can’t the attitudes of the workers be more inviting and everyone do what needs to be done to ensure the safety of everyone involved?

  • son of the soil (06/01/2020, 14:50) Like (39) Dislike (9) Reply
    TOO MUCH ISLAND PEOPLE HERE TAXIING IN THE BVI PERIOD!!!
    • Styler (06/01/2020, 17:54) Like (21) Dislike (3) Reply
      I agreed with you... while MV Minister was in he put every BVI Islanders on hold and give all others taxi license now we paying for it
  • Well Well, Open Ya mouth Story jump out! (06/01/2020, 14:57) Like (7) Dislike (20) Reply

    Only who knows knows! P***y was no where close or dealing with guest, H***Y B who is a not even a taxi driver or anyone that deals with our tourist along with T****g I** W**** concocted this whole thing and the poor lady had no idea. H***y B went up to her pointing his camera and provoked the hell out of her, I was there watching. I** W***** brought up some guest from out the Marina. At the end of the so call video tape you can hear both of them stating "turn it off we have enough on her" That goes to show how they literally set her up! I hope the taxi Commissioner steps in and stops all the madness from taking place in VG. It got who up there taxi-ing out of private vehicles and rentals and those who selling the guest weed. P*** is a hot mouth but a great person especially with guest! Hold your head up P***! Oh and they need GET RID OF HEAVY B!!!!

  • TMM Fam! (06/01/2020, 14:59) Like (12) Dislike (37) Reply
    This is unfortunate! Patsy is such a wonderful soul and we continue to visit VG every chance we get because of her! I hope this is dealt with and everything turns out well for her!
  • Wow! (06/01/2020, 15:07) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply

    I** W**** them out of the kill! 

  • VINO (06/01/2020, 15:20) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply

    Kiss yall yellow belly r***

  • Tourist, Mid West (06/01/2020, 15:42) Like (31) Dislike (4) Reply
    My family and I was there and I remember the disgusting, unprofessional inappropriate behaviour that was displayed from the female taxi driver. I love to vacation on Virgin Gorda. If and when I visit Virgin Gorda again, I will never use her services. I will always remember her face and voice. I will be blogging this on the travel websites. The kids were upset and afraid because the lady was acting like a crazy lunatic.
  • No excuses (06/01/2020, 16:05) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
    Sorry but this behaviour is absolutely not defensible!
  • tola upset (06/01/2020, 16:42) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    they need to get rid of the lady on the video its bad
  • patsy ex friend (06/01/2020, 17:00) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    me and patsy been friends for 10yrs.until one day i told her i needed a taxi to the dock to catch the boat.she never came.i told her about it two days after that and her responds was all the men you taking you cant call one of them for a ride.i was so mad i ended my friendship with her.she needs to go to an anger management class or a tourist taxi class.for a taxi its not good
    • lol (06/01/2020, 23:29) Like (3) Dislike (12) Reply
      But u ain’t shame to come on here an say what she say all the Man U take couldn’t give u a ride she was your friend she must no
  • eyes (06/01/2020, 17:05) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    she should not get on like that in public not just in front tourist but when u angry its a different story the whole taxi thing is messed up because of greed.There are some greedy taxi men out there and they have dispatchers working with them.You think it rite for u to go to the ship and make $500 for the day all of that is yours and then after ship u go to another port of entry and take another man passengers who trying to make $500 and have to pay 3 men for the day and want something for his self out of the $500. Dispatcher giving Cow passengers to Donkey to go with and when Donkey passengers comes out they hold them on the side for Donkey.
  • shark (06/01/2020, 17:06) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    How did she get a Taxi licence"St Kitts",.
  • Bvi passport (06/01/2020, 17:16) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    Tis ayo naturalize this people
  • Liat 521 (06/01/2020, 17:47) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Team Unity or Labour would have done run she to Keon!
  • sad story (06/01/2020, 18:01) Like (26) Dislike (3) Reply
    All over there are taxi issues but sad to say this one needs looking into. I cant believe sometimes we forget that it's a privilege to be able to live amongst the people and that we expect better and good behavior. We cannot accept this kind of behavior here or any where. Respect your self, respect the people of this territory, respect what the bvi is trying to achieve. Even if you have an issue with someone you are still responsible for your actions.
  • Ummm (06/01/2020, 18:24) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    Firstly, this person bringing in security officers (as if they are to blame) needs to take a long time to rethink that, because that’s partially their job. What’s the point of having a security officer and not. tending to them???
    Secondly, yes the taxi driver was in the wrong for her behavior but it’s obvious something caused her reaction.
    Thirdly, Heavy B is not a taxi driver nor does he have any right to be chasing down tourists to give his 'partner in crime' some business. He should find other things to do with his life, after all he is a grown ass man taking up some serious space and causing trouble.
    Fourthly, it’s obvious that this was a set up because at the end of the video the poppyshow has more than enough to say proving that it was a set up.
    All in all, this situation shouldn’t have happened and it could have been dealt with correctly however things should be done to prevent something like this from ever happening again.

    *and for the people who don’t know the full stories, please don’t comment about it because your assumptions/opinions make you look like quite the fool.*
    • Quite Rite (06/01/2020, 19:52) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Exactly foolish people
    • @ummmmm (06/01/2020, 20:22) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
      The whole story as carbi b would say Press Press. Press .sweet ice willie was called by the captain to pick up his guest which he did three of the guest wanted to use the restroom.heavy b show them where it was .on his return patsy was cussing and saying he is a f#%king robber he went to jail which she does everyday.using bad words in a disrespectful manner.ice willie and heavy b did not evening answer her.the only person responds was captain."hey i got kids here stop it" the captain was so upset shouting this my guest i got kids" patsy responds "i dont gave a f#"%k he is no good he will f#^king rob you he is convick bad words after bad words she and the captain had it out.thats when heavy b reach for the cell and record it.after she leave the captain and pick up a rock and went to heavy b and the rest is history.now her daughters trying they best to clean this mess.i saw the whole and i am a taxi driver for ten years.this should had never happen.and she is still driving up to today she was.
  • who vex (06/01/2020, 18:27) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply

    To all who making comments here and don't know the hold story of what happened just saying what they want. Some of you out there saying things . But the same taxi driver s***** i** W***** do a lot of sh*t himself. Running down the dock behind the tourist. Will just come to the marina and will take away the tourist from who other drivers that was there before him. Don't even talk about H****B . But there is a God and when the time comes everybody will know. H**** B and s**** i*** W***** put the video out there. It not only damage the female taxi driver only but also the whole taxi services. But time is longer than twine.

  • A former tourist (06/01/2020, 19:32) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    All I will say, is the female cab driver was pushed to the limit. However, she should have been aware of where she was and held her tongue. We were just looking in awe wondering what is going to happen next. It was crazy. It was embarrassing but it is not going to stop us from vacationing again on Virgin Gorda.
  • To whom it may concerned (06/01/2020, 19:33) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    Trust me of the security guard in try to make things work in that marina not a taxi driver will not make a dollar down there. She may be the security guard but thanks to her things is under manners and they cannot come to do what they want and like when she is working and that is why sweet ice Willie and heavy b don't like about her. She puts things in order
  • about the guard (06/01/2020, 20:54) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    if the guard had did her job none of this would had happen.she heard patsy cussing bad words infront of the guests never said nothing.the rock came into it and the female guard did not do nothing only when sweet ice run to the office and bring the lady from office thats when she call the police.so who is the blame patsy cussing, the guard not doing her job.sweet ice picking up his guest; heavy b welcome the guest,the captain who was protecting his guest.who do we blame????
  • Not2Sure (06/01/2020, 21:30) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Vino it looks like you all out to report everything that move for 2020 well say

    How you all get this one?
  • eyes wide shut (06/01/2020, 21:52) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    This outburst by ms patsy has just gotten the attention it always needed.
    I witnessed this lady cussed toots the taxi man out at the ports dock in vg. She used almost every bad word you could fine. Toots was the calmest under such insults, he never answered a word. The place was loaded with tourist and local. So this isnt new. She needs to be address urgently!!
  • Ummm (06/01/2020, 22:50) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    She needs to work out her issues in a better manner. He who is without sin cast the first stone. Maybe the full story not told but it is evident that she has issues the video clearly depicts such. Words spoken can't be taken back. Make amends and move pass this mess watch your mouth and your deportment. It appears that there is some tension between the persons involved.
    Behave yourselves. It's easy to get into trouble but hard to get out. Stop and think in the heat of the moment.

    The article stated that the police have no record of the incident which I find that there are many incidents that are not recorded when one makes a report. How can this be I often wonder. If a person or persons comes and makes a report as simple as it sounds it should be recorded. I guess the reporters have to go in the station on the government computer and enter it for them selves. What a cross we have here in this territory. We prefer to let things escalate than we get active then tell the court there is no report in the system. Case closed. What a thing.
  • j (06/01/2020, 23:21) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Even outside of this drama, there is a situation brewing in VG in relation to the taxi issue. There is lots of unfairness involving some of the ferries. It is time for the Taxi Commission to step up and diffuse this situation in the best interest of all concerned. It will be explosive if the authorities continue to turn a blind eye.
  • Windy (07/01/2020, 10:51) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    From St Kitts. How’d she get taxi license ?
    • ... (08/01/2020, 05:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      This will sadly not be an easy task to change for us to get in the tight path
  • Well Sah (08/01/2020, 07:08) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Heavy PeePee is always up and down harassing and video taping some of the taxi drivers when they disagree with what he and his padna in crime doing. If someone is NOT a taxi driver they should not be around there making all kinds of problems. He needs to go get a life, always in something everyday with somebody. This was a set up from listening to the very last comment at the end of the video. The thing is they so hungry trying to make the female taxi driver look bad and up and down on Nice Huy free wifi circulating the video on the internet and don't even realize the bad image they are giving the BVI. They wouldn't video tape all, like what they sell to the tourists under the table and when they picking up people stuff left , right and center. Tape that. There is no doubt the female taxi driver was wrong with her behavior. Yes she was provoked and the whole thing was a set up. What a shame..... smh
  • Hmmm (08/01/2020, 07:50) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    She doesn’t need to be around tourists. PERIOD!!!!
  • ONEBVI (08/01/2020, 17:52) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    People in virgin gorda always hinding in the bush even with the festival Them is people what we call in tola bush people.virgin gorda people need to make a stand when something is going bad.The topic in the story is the wonan who has no respect for the tourist, we depend on to pay our rent our food and our bills.one woman cant stop the bvi bread from comming so what if it was a set up.The people need to know this or you prefer the tourist know and the heads dont know and nothing is being done.
  • war world 4 (08/01/2020, 18:29) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    There is a War Going on with the usa and iran and we here talking bout this.it get boring after awhile supposed iran miss the usa and drop a bomb on us.after the harricane we got better i don't think so.Let's all pray to god AMEN.
  • Tape your mouth (08/01/2020, 21:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    @Well say you dont you tape your mouth and fingers. What they sold you under the table. If so you have a right to air your mouth and put your fingers to work. What did they steal from you if you have the evidence bring it before the magistrate. If you cant do such you need to tape your mouth and fingers. Defending what you cant prove can make you pay for defamation of ones character. Prove it or tape your mouth, video it then post it here. You to have issues. Let those who are involved in this matter prove them selves and tape your mouth and fingers simple


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