Saturday 26 September, 2020

VIDEO: Barbados Port denies rim theft activity

A screenshot from the viral video in question.

A screenshot from the viral video in question.

The Barbados Port Inc. quickly put to bed rumours that a video showing vehicle rims being stolen in a port setting was shot in the local Bridgetown Port.

The almost two-minute-long video was making rounds on social media and was being shared via WhatsApp like wild fire. However, the team at the Port work speedily to out the blaze.


Video caption: The Port video that has been circulating on social media

In the video, employees wearing hard hats and high-visibility vests can be seen hastily removing the wheels - rims and tyres from what appears to be a silver vehicle. They jack up the vehicle and work to not only replace the rims with 'standards', but they also roll the evidence away and out of sight as fast as they worked. The vehicle was parked between two others and next to a container.

The employees were constantly looking around as they made away with the items but they did not see the person in the car adjacent to them filming covertly.

The statement issued by the Barbados Port Inc. read:

"Barbados Port Inc. (BPI) has been made aware of a video circulating on social media platforms which features persons removing wheels from vehicles amidst a backdrop of cargo containers.
"This is not a local video, but more importantly, does not depict the plant of the Port of Bridgetown."

Seeking to assure Barbadians that the video is from beyond our shores, the Barbados Port Inc. communications stressed that "all BPI employees wear the required company branded uniforms and personal protective equipment (PPE) while in Port and on duty."

In the face of such nefarious activities, Port Inc. went on to assure "all importers that we remain committed to the highest standards of service and security protocols at all levels of our operation."

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