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Hard Rock Chairman Suggests ‘Different Water’ In The Dominican Republic Is To Blame For Illness

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Hard Rock Chairman Suggests ‘Different Water’ In The Dominican Republic Is To Blame For Illness

Hard Rock Chairman Suggests ‘Different Water’ In The Dominican Republic Is To Blame For Illness

Something strange has been happening in the Dominican Republic and people are eager to get to the bottom of it. As we previously reported, a total of 13 people have died while visiting the Caribbean country under mysterious circumstances.

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Initially, it was reported that tourists may have gotten sick after drinking from mini bars at hotels like the Hard Rock and Casino in Punta Cana. While that hasn’t been confirmed as the cause for the deaths or illness of several other tourists, the chairman of the Hard Rock hotel chain has suggested “different water” is to blame.

While speaking to CNBC’s Squawk Box Friday, Jim Allen claimed, “the reality is that when people travel abroad people get sick simply many times by just drinking water.”

When asked if illegal alcohol could be to blame for the deaths Allen added:

“I think its frankly its part of today’s media cycle. The reality is that when people travel abroad people get sick simply many times by just drinking water that’s different here than what we are used to in the United States. There have been seven deaths over the last year and a half and certainly they will be investigated. We have to wait for the Dominican to come back with specifics on all of those unfortunate passings.”

Two tourists; David Harrison and Robert Bell Wallace, have died while on vacation at Allen’s hotel. Allen admitted that since the deaths, market bookings are down an “understandable” 20 per cent.

Despite him saying that it “does not appear that there is some individual that is deliberately poisoning people which was initially first reported,” a number of Dominican Republic resorts have removed all liquor dispensers from their bars until further investigation is completed.

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