Travel & Vacation

New York man becomes 11th American to die in the Dominican Republic

A New York business owner is the 11th American to die in the Dominican Republic. The U.S. Department of State confirmed the latest death on Friday.

Vittorio Caruso, 56, fell ill at the Boca Chica Resort in Santo Domingo. He was in critical condition before he died on June 17.

Leyla Cox, a 53-year-old MRI technician from New York, was found dead in her hotel room on June 10, and Joseph Allen, 55, from New Jersey, died in his hotel room on June 13.

Caruso’s sister-in-law, Lisa Maria Caruso, told Fox News that Vittorio was in good health before he left Long Island to vacation in the DR.

The FBI and other international agencies are investigating whether the victims were poisoned by a person or persons who tampered with the liquor in the minibars in their hotel rooms.

As a precaution, one hotel on the island has removed all of the small refrigerator appliances from its rooms.

Officials believe the victims died after consuming alcohol mixed with methanol, a tasteless, odorless methyl alcohol that is found in antifreeze and windshield washer fluid.

Methanol is potentially deadly to humans. As little as 1 tablespoon of methanol can kill a man. Ingestion of small amounts of methanol can lead to blindness, brain damage, kidney failure and death from cardiac arrest.

Other victims who fell ill after consuming drinks from the minibars in their rooms described symptoms similar to methanol poisoning – disorientation, confusion, headache, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and a specific odor on the breath.

One woman who fell ill while vacationing in the Dominican Republic said a doctor told her she had been poisoned.

Dominican Republic officials called the reports of poisoning “fake news” by competitors to hurt tourism.

“It’s all a hysteria against the Dominican Republic, to hurt our tourism,” Ministry of Public Health spokesman Carlos Suero told Fox News. “This is a very competitive industry and we get millions of tourists, we are a popular destination. People are taking aim at us.”

Oprah Winfrey, Prejudice, Racist, Travel & Vacation

Swiss store clerk issues apology for refusing to show Oprah a handbag she thought was too ‘expensive’ for her…

Oprah and Gayle King in Zurich

As I mentioned on my show the other night.

A Swiss high-end boutique issued an apology to American media mogul Oprah Winfrey after a clerk there refused to show Winfrey a handbag she thought was too expensive for her. Obviously the clerk didn’t know who Oprah was and refused to take the bag out of the case.

Oprah was in Zürich, Switzerland to attend Tina Turner’s wedding at the time and is now busy promoting her latest film, ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’.

Oprah said: “I was in Zurich the other day, in a store whose name I will not mention. I didn’t have my eyelashes on, but I was in full Oprah Winfrey gear. I had my little Donna Karan skirt and my little sandals. But obviously ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ is not shown in Zurich.

“I go into a store and I say to the woman, ‘Excuse me, could I see the bag right above your head?’ and she says to me, ‘No. It’s too expensive.’”

The saleswoman went on to suggest she look at cheaper bags. ‘I left the store but it proves that racism is still an issue,’ Oprah added.

‘There’s two different ways to handle it. I could’ve had the whole blow-up thing… but racism still exists, of course it does.’

The handbag in question was on sale for £24,460 and was locked in a cabinet to prevent shoplifting.