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Be very careful if approached by the guys with the baby monkeys at the port in St Kitts. There are several guys walking around holding these cute little monkies offering to take your picture with the monkey for $10. I didn't have my teenage daughter with me so i told one of the men I would be back later in the day with her because I knew she would want to see the monkeys. So we return later and see him standing there with another guy with more monkeys. I reminded the first guy that I returned as promised and wanted to take a photo with my daughter and his monkey, "chocolate."

 

The other guy says they all work together and asks for my camera so he could take a photo of my daughter and I together. Next thing I know he starts piling a bunch of monkeys on my daughter while rapidly snapping away with my camera. He grabs the monkeys, puts them all over me and starts snapping away while whispering something under his breath which I couldn't understand. My husband is standing there with us and the guy grabs a monkey, puts it on my husband's head and snaps away some more. This has all taken probably less than a minute. The whole time he's whispering gibberish. Then the guy hands me back my camera (I'm lucky here!) and says, "6 pictures each for $20, so you owe me $60." Now, I realize what he's been whispering, "6 for $20, 6 for $20."

 

 

My husband justs about falls over at this point. The first guy is just standing there not saying anything so I turned to him and said, "Look, I came back to find you personally like I promised. Here is $30 ($10 each which he quoted earlier)." Then I handed him the money. The second guy started to make a scene but the first guy stopped him and shook my hand. I got caught in a con and was overcharged but still came away with several good photos. I didn't want photos of myself and my husband with monkeys so I guess the moral of the story is don't let people take photos with your camera or put their animals on you without agreeing on a price first.

 

 

I hope the monkeys are taken care of.

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Here is my opinion:

 

ALWAYS stay away from people with animals for photos.

 

Everbody knows that these creatures often do not get treated right and that they are abused for unnatural behaviour for silly photos.:mad:

 

By the way: IMHO it is the same with the turtles on Barbados: have you ever seen 30 people hunting one poor turtle? Is this the NATURE we are looking for?

 

By the way: Even $10 is a rip of for just one photo taken with your own camera. Why do tourists fall into such traps? Is it the sun? Do we have money to throw away??

 

Sorry, I had to say this. I hope I will be understood or at least forgiven.

 

Daniel

Berlin / Germany

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Thanks for the warning, we'll be in St Kitts next week on the Eclipse. At least no one ran off with your camera, which is something else I've heard we need to be aware of!!

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Here is my opinion:

 

ALWAYS stay away from people with animals for photos.

 

Everbody knows that these creatures often do not get treated right and that they are abused for unnatural behaviour for silly photos.:mad:

 

By the way: IMHO it is the same with the turtles on Barbados: have you ever seen 30 people hunting one poor turtle? Is this the NATURE we are looking for?

 

By the way: Even $10 is a rip of for just one photo taken with your own camera. Why do tourists fall into such traps? Is it the sun? Do we have money to throw away??

 

 

 

Sorry, I had to say this. I hope I will be understood or at least forgiven.

 

Daniel

Berlin / Germany

 

I totally understand your comments, Daniel! Those poor babes were most likely snatched from their Mommas for money making scenarios:mad:

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You see I wouldn't have paid 6 for $20.

 

I hope you didn't pay it?!?!? :rolleyes:

 

The offer was to take your picture with the monkey for $10.

 

You did not give him permission to take any more than that. ;)

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I agree that I couldn't have been more stupid. I only paid the agreed upon price and gave the money directly to the man who I first talked with...not the guy who was taking all the photos and trying to scam me. I know better and can usually spot a scam a mile away. Handing over my camera was really dumb!

 

And you're right of course...no more photos with people holding animals. Live and learn!

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We were in St Kitts in December and they tried this with my family. We were heading back to the ship after a catamaran trip and I popped into a store while my 20 year old daughter was out front. She was approached by three men, all with monkeys. She commented how cute they were and all of a sudden they threw the monkeys all over her. People were around taking pics, etc while she just laughed and had fun with them. Then they demanded 20.00 from her for the pics she took! Hmmm ... hard to take pics when you're wearing the darned monkeys!! Anyhow she was totally intimidated, paid the 20 bucks and came to find me in the store and told me what happened. I was not pleased! We came across them a few minutes later en route back to the ship and lets just say I tore them a new one right on the spot. I think I called them all bullies and scammers and told them they should be ashamed of themselves somwhere in my rant. One of them offered to give 10.00 back. Yeah, not likely! I got the 20.00 bucks back.

 

Hey, I really don't mind paying for pics like that and we did a few times during our trip ... 5 buck here and there. They are funny and great memories. But these three were the most aggressive and intimidating I found on our 10 day Carribean cruise. Heehee they didn't see me coming!!!!! :)

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we were in st kitts in december and they tried this with my family. We were heading back to the ship after a catamaran trip and i popped into a store while my 20 year old daughter was out front. She was approached by three men, all with monkeys. She commented how cute they were and all of a sudden they threw the monkeys all over her. People were around taking pics, etc while she just laughed and had fun with them. Then they demanded 20.00 from her for the pics she took! Hmmm ... Hard to take pics when you're wearing the darned monkeys!! Anyhow she was totally intimidated, paid the 20 bucks and came to find me in the store and told me what happened. I was not pleased! We came across them a few minutes later en route back to the ship and lets just say i tore them a new one right on the spot. I think i called them all bullies and scammers and told them they should be ashamed of themselves somwhere in my rant. One of them offered to give 10.00 back. Yeah, not likely! I got the 20.00 bucks back.

 

Hey, i really don't mind paying for pics like that and we did a few times during our trip ... 5 buck here and there. They are funny and great memories. But these three were the most aggressive and intimidating i found on our 10 day carribean cruise. Heehee they didn't see me coming!!!!! :)

 

good for you!!!!

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I hate seeing the monkey guys. These animals should be in the wild not in diapers! Once they get big they don't want them because they are not cute anymore. They are then put back in the wild and will probably die.

So sad.

 

I would rather spend money on a tour or souveniors.

 

 

These animal abusers are disgusting. Last month, on our Panama Canal trip a stop in Cartegena Columbia noticed a similar scam with a poor sloth with a tight steel neck collar and chain tossed on his shoulder advertise photo ops.....very sad sight!!

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This happened just last week with DD and a friend as we walked from the ship to our excursion location. The guy just had them play with the monkeys but did not take pictures. However, I did as did another friend.

 

I walked away as did the other picture taker, but the guy with the monkeys then told my DD and friend they each owed him $20. They were so stunned, they paid.

 

And lesson learned.

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Thanks for the heads up on this we will be there in a couple of weeks with my 10 yr old son and 7 yr old twin daughters so we are bound to be a target for this sort of thing - so now at least hubby and I can go prepared :D

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Thanks for the heads up on this we will be there in a couple of weeks with my 10 yr old son and 7 yr old twin daughters so we are bound to be a target for this sort of thing - so now at least hubby and I can go prepared :D

 

What got to my daughter (who's an adult) and our friend is that the guy came up so innocently with no mention of money until after they'd held the monkeys. Had a fee been stated up front, they would have said no.

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I'm going to warn the kids too as they are young enough to be easy prey for these kinda people and they will think that the monkeys are cute so a few words of advice to them beforehand won't go amiss!

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Nothing comes for free from these tourist hunters. If someone hands you an animal to hold or pet you better expect they are gonna try and get money from you for touching their animal. Just look the other way unless you plan to pay

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If you read my review that's in my tag line you can see our experience in St Kitts a few weeks ago. I had realllllly done my homework out here so when Monkey Man approached me I kept walking. Well my husband (what is it with men and monkeys???) is all excited and the guy puts the monkey on him, snaps a few photos and then DH walks away. Monkey man chases me into a store saying "THIS IS A BUSINESS!!!"

Well if it were a business that advertised it's price before scamming you - ok.

But I pulled out ONE of my two wallets. This one had exactly $2 in it and that it was I gave him and walked away. If he hadn't been so aggresive I may have reached it and gotten my other wallet...

When we got back on the ship that night, we found out our friends had paid him $40!!!!

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LOL! I got caught unaware in the scam last year and ended up paying $20 for some pics.

This year we will have our daughters with us, I think I will stay back a ways with camera on zoom, let the monkey men put the monkeys on the daughters and wife "$10 3 pics ...$20 8 pics blah blah blah..." meanwhile get my pics from afar and then wife says , OH? this cost money? I dont have a camera sorry :)

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Thanks for the heads up...this is a shame because St. Kitts really is a lovely place.

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A man came up to us at Reggae Beach Bar and said $10.....I said no....$3. We took about 6 pictures of the monkey, myself, and another person with us. $3 bucks is all I paid.

 

Back at port I took a picture of a man with alot of monkeys.....what do you think he's saying??? (He looks kind of scary.)

 

(Nice monkey man/ Mean monkey man)

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Hi.

Just as has been said previously - it happened to us as well.

Coming back from a snorkelling trip I stopped to look in a little shop as DH trailed a bit behind. I as walking into the shop when i hear voices behind me, I turn round and there is a guy piling baby monkeys on top of DH whilst taking pictures with my camera. I stopped-took my camera back from the guy /told DH to give the monkeys back and come into the shop NOW! As he handed the monkeys back -DH shrugged & told the scammer he had no money as I was in charge- they guy shook his hand and walked away with his monkey.

 

We didnt see him again but DH spent all day calling me boss and asking for pocket money!

 

Elaine

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Yikes, I hope they don`t try that with me. I will freak out on them:eek:. Had a bad experience with a monkey once. Besides I have heard the animals people like that use are not treated well. Thanks for the warning.

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Should have read this thread earlier. Got scammed there last week. When $20 was demanded told the guy we had spent all our cash in the casino (not) and handed him $2. When he took the monkeys back off my wife is slapped one pretty hard for not obeying a command which had me seriously regretting even the couplle bucks he got. :mad:

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Met a lady last week who cruised on NCL and when they got off the ship in St Kitts some guy comes up and puts the monkey on her and the monkey goes up her right arm across her shoulders and down her left arm and then bit her on her left hand. She said that the guys with the monkeys were everywhere at the port. Told my husband he needs to protect me when we go to St Kitts in April cuz I don't want any monkeys put on me. I would not be happy at all.

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