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Island time? Why do we accept this excuse?

Discussion in 'Bonaire' started by wildbill9, Nov 19, 2019.

  1. wildbill9

    wildbill9 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: arkansas
    We travel.... We travel alot. I hear this excuse more in the Caribbean than anywhere else . 15 min before a server even takes your drink order? "It's island time". Another 10 min to bring a beer and soda? " It's island time" (even though there are only 2 other tables occupied) 40 min before your food comes out? "It's island time" . Having to flag down a server to get a refill? " It's island time". We don't expect the server to wait on us hand and foot but we do expect you to feel we are more important than talking among yourselves or your cell phone. Yes many cultures spend more time on a meal than Americans (Italy but service was still prompt and attentive). Why is this excuse acceptable? Sure someone will say it's you Americans or that's just the way.it.Is or don't like it go somewhere else or why complain it's "island time"? We love Bonaire, we will go back but let's put an end to accepting island time as an excuse for crappy service. Let the flames begin. Bill ( tired of " island time")
    dead dog, LiteWeight, Nirvana and 3 others like this.
  2. flyboy08

    flyboy08 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: NYC
    Gee, talk with your money and head elsewhere if it’s so irritating....it amazes me what people fuss about.
  3. Paul - Bonscuba

    Paul - Bonscuba Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Bonaire, Dutch Caribean
    I just filled up a huge bucket of popcorn to see where this discussion is going... Or ending... ;-)
    oncor23, eleniel, Mo2vation and 4 others like this.
  4. Perryed

    Perryed Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Missouri
    It`s not an excuse, it`s accepting something that doesn't go the way you want or expect it too. Also giving up a sense of entitlement.
  5. jeffsky29

    jeffsky29 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Delray Beach, Florida
    I am not trying to insult you, but you are expecting US level service in another country. Their country, their culture. If you don’t like it, don’t travel outside the US.
  6. mcpowell

    mcpowell Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Georgia
    I’ve not been to Bonaire, so I won’t comment on the service there. However, my wife and family have all been impressed with the service and punctuality in Cozumel. The dive boat picks me up at the condo pier within a couple of minutes of 8:00 am, every morning. I’ve never known them to be late. I’m always back at the dock by 1:00 or sooner.

    Every server (waiter) we’ve ever had has been professional, knowledgeable, and their service is very well timed. Additionally, you can stay at the table as long as you like. I believe they must feel it is rude to ask you if you are ready for the check because we’ve always had to ask. And once asked, the check will arrive in minutes.

    So maybe it’s just that particular island that lives on “island time”....

    Now my daughter lived in Africa for 6 months and she said there was definitely a difference between real time and Africa time.
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  7. doctormike

    doctormike ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: New York City
    Nah, that's the soft bigotry of low expectations. It's not a cultural thing...

    I have been to little shacks on the beach in developing countries where the owner is happy to greet you and bring you something to drink when you are thirsty, without waiting 15 minutes. I mean, anyone can run their business like they want, but it's not unreasonable to get bad press if you aren't giving good service. Calling it "Island Time" is just an excuse.
    pclark2, Kensei, rhwestfall and 19 others like this.
  8. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: U.S. East Coast
    I had an interesting experience (I was leading a group) at Buddy Dive a few weeks ago. The Dutch operations manager asked me if I had any ideas about how to make the lunch service go faster at their pool bar, "Blennies." I suggested the usual "Take the orders as soon as we sit down" and he said yes, they are working to do that. Then I said, and bring the check (for us to sign to our rooms) when the food is delivered. He was aghast! "But that's rude!" And -- this is where different cultures really come in -- he explained that sometimes people add to their order -- like maybe dessert -- and this would mean more work for the servers, having to deal with two checks and thus twice the work. I tried to ask how often this happened, and suggest it was not very often, but he was not very interested.

    But I think I'm going to keep trying on this one....at the very least the servers could ask when they take the order, "Do you want your check with the food?"
    drrich2 likes this.
  9. tridacna

    tridacna ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: New Jersey
    “Africa”. The entire continent? Apparently every country there has the same lazy culture. What an ignorant statement. What a silly “americentric” view of the world.
  10. tridacna

    tridacna ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: New Jersey

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