Scams in Antigua and Barbuda
Antiguan beaches tend to have a lot of vendors selling all manner of things. Unlike many countries where the vendors can be incredibly pushy, a polite “No” generally leads to the vendor moving on to someone who'll be more interested instead.
If you do want to buy something from a vendor, check carefully that it's what you think it is and avoid showing large amounts of money when you pay for it.
Among the vendors, hair braiding is very popular. If you want to have your hair braided, first specify exactly how many you want as braiding tends to cost around $2 US each and it may be easy than you think to end up with fifty braids in your hair and a hundred dollar price tag you weren't expecting.
Not all braiders are of the same quality however, and some people have reported headaches and painful scalps following the braiding, which means that the braids have to be removed.
This generally happens when the braid is yanked too tightly and the beginning of it stretching the scalp and basically causing your head to become permanently stressed until the braids are removed, which accounts for the fairly painful headache.
There is a reasonably interesting conman in Antigua known as Kevin. Kevin wears an English soccer (football) team's kit and runs around asking for donations for the local youth soccer team. Usually the donations are supposedly for soccer strips or to fund their trip to the UK, and yet amazingly, the money never seems to reach the local youth.
Shocking yes, that someone would try and con money out of tourists, but nonetheless, it does happen.
Author: Phil Sylvester
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