Barbados’ Nazi Soup Kitchen is a DVD Store in the Gap

Barbados’ Nazi Soup Kitchen is a DVD Store in the Gap

A 2 minutes’ walk from where we live in St Lawrence Gap in Barbados, right across from Little Bay, is Net Shack. It’s a new DVD rental store in the Gap, having recently moved from a shopping center on the South Coast Road.

Little Bay in St Lawrence Gap Barbdos

Barbados' Little Bay in St Lawrence Gap. Up the street from where we live and across the street from Net Shack where you can get a nice cappuccino.

We look through their stock of DVDs and want what they have: art house movies, foreign films, seasons of popular TV shows we missed …

A first-class selection of DVD rentals - but don't even think about it.

A first-class selection of DVD rentals – but at Net Shack don't even think about it.

But this DVD rental store won’t rent my husband and me DVDs. (Good thing because we’re pretty shifty characters.) Neither will it rent DVDs to anyone visiting Barbados. (Wise … you know how the tourists like to make off with $10 DVDs.)

It’s too bad … Greg and I live just a two-minute walk from Net Shack; you’d think that they’d see us as regulars. Also, being in the midst of many accommodations that have DVD players (such as ours here at St Lawrence Beach Condominiums) one would imagine Net Shack would get quite a lot of business from tourists.

But – like the Soup Nazi who refuses to serve soup on Seinfeld – Net Shack rents neither to tourists nor to us. They only rent to people whose utility bills are sent to the local address of the place they live.

Our utility bills go to a post office box in Barbados. We’ve appealed to the owner of Net Shack to consider taking the monthly homeowners’ association bills we receive for the condos we own, one of which we live in.

But no. No utility bill with our address, no DVD.  I suggested that they offer DVDs to tourists and simply require a large deposit.  No. No utility bill, no DVD.

Net Shack is located at the opening to St Lawrence Gap on the south cost of Barbados. This sign gives one the idea that a DVD might be rented. However, one would be wrong.

Net Shack is located at the opening to St Lawrence Gap on the south cost of Barbados. This sign gives one the idea that a DVD might be rented. However, one would be wrong.

Such a pretty setting for a DVD rental store that also has computers to rent, snacks, and coffee and soda.

Such a pretty setting for a DVD rental store that also has computers to rent, snacks, and coffee and soda.

Fortunately, Net Shack offers more than DVDs. In one of the prettiest settings on the island, at Net Shack you can log onto one of their computers, log onto a wireless connection with your own computer, get a pastry, or buy a nice cappuccino. Greg and I were there this morning having a pastry and coffee. We finished a New York Times crossword and admired all you you see in these photos.  It’s January 21; I’m grateful to be in Barbados over pretty much anywhere else.

I admit that this morning, I looked longingly at those DVDs like a mirage of clean, clear water in the desert. But oh well. No utility bill, no DVD. It’s an interesting business model they have; I hope it works for them. In the meantime, we’re good with our Apple TV.  And an occasional Net Shack cappuccino with a view.

Rent a computer or bring your own and rent their wireless connection. I've done this when the wireless at home was down.

Rent a computer of theirs. Once, when the wireless at our home was down, I rented Net Shack's wireless connection for my Mac.

At Net Shack, you're surrounded by local color. It's fun and the cappuccino is great.

At Net Shack, you're surrounded by local color of the fishing boats, street merchants, and sandpipers playing with the gentle waves. It's fun and the cappuccino is great. Just don't want a DVD.



8 Responses to “Barbados’ Nazi Soup Kitchen is a DVD Store in the Gap”

  1. stephen says:

    You’re quite pissed off to say the least. At least you haven’t ‘banned’ the shop completely and hold a grudge (like we do Mamma Mia, the food place not the movie) ‘cos you still get your coffee there!

  2. Greg says:

    This is such a typical Barbados story, you have to shrug and laugh. Nicely skewered, Janie!

  3. MF says:

    Hi Jane ~ We’re we simultaneously writing about Net Shack?! Me happily, and you, not so. I felt silly after I subsequently read your post, though we never saw the dark side :) Only went for coffee, not movies. Does seem odd. Maybe they’ll come around one day, after you drink lots of lattes!
    The woman and her son, who I presumed were the owners, were so nice to us. Sat down at our table to chat and, at my asking, suggested places to go and how to get there.
    Or…perhaps this is a new business opp for you!

  4. MF says:

    dang – I’m a grammar Nazi and wrote we’re for were.

  5. Rod says:

    No worry MF, I grazed right over your error.That makes me a
    gammar Nazi as well.As for the DVD’s,I think soon we’ll be able
    to get whatever we want through our computers.DVD rental places
    are drying up around here.

  6. Rod says:

    Yikes,…….. gammar?Now a Nazi proof reader!

  7. jdid says:

    great business plan that. Put your DVD shop right by St Lawrence Gap yet dont rent to tourists. absolutely brilliant!

  8. All wonderful comments; thank you. Your light-hearted feedback lets me know that you accept my post in the spirit in which I write it: expressing frustration and a healthy dose of head-scratching “What the …??” but without malice. I don’t understand this business model and never will but I do adore visiting Net Shack for their good cappuccinos and friendly vibe.

    Interestingly, here in Barbados, even a business model that makes me want to tear my hair out can coexist easily with a friendly vibe. It’s part of the wonder of this very special corner of the world.

    Again, thank you all. I appreciate your writing. (No penalties for grammar mishaps! Happens to us all, even when a rum punch is not involved.)

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