Tire Shine in Chubby Bottles? – Trinidad and Tobago Madness


Is Chubby not a well-known soft drink brand and its bottle shape also very well-known by children and adults all over Trinidad and Tobago? Is Tire Shine a soft drink intended for children? If not, then why is this no-name brand of Tire Shine also using a similar bottle to Chubby that even a bright child or literate adult might easily mistake for a Chubby Cream Soda? To make matters worse, there are no contact information or ingredients listed on the Tire Shine bottle so if a child accidentally drinks some Tire Shine the doctors would only be guessing how to treat the child. The bottler of this no-name brand of Tire Shine appears to operate as if they will never be discovered and held accountable.The sellers are even more culpable but just as safe.

From what I understand, you can get this Chubby-style Tire Shine from many automotive accessory stores in Trinidad, and it was probably bottled in Chubby bottles to help the Tire Shine bottlers maximize their profits. I doubt the Tire Shine bottlers really care if children are harmed by a businessman’s quest for wealth because getting wealthy in Trinidad and Tobago is priority number one. I have no idea if the OHS Act in Trinidad and Tobago covers household chemicals and food but Act or no Act, somebody needs a big stick across their back for doing this crap.

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7 thoughts on “Tire Shine in Chubby Bottles? – Trinidad and Tobago Madness

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  2. Bull pistle for dee parents who leave rong a bottle of the toxic stuff for children to access. The risk is obvious. I agree that the labelling of the bottle is very poor and that can lead to death or injury.

    The primary responsibility is for parents to know whey dee ass dey chirren is, and primary responsibility on adults to ensure that all potentially toxic chemicals are stored out of the reach of chirren. The law is not there to take over responsibility for adults and businesses in very obvious situations.

    Yes it would be very sad if a child died from drinking of chemicals in such a bottle. But dat doh mean dee law have to jump een and protect potential victims jes so. .. no .. no.. those who have protective roles and responsibilities i.e. the parents and other adults – need to take up their responsibilities. The law related to manslaughter can be engaged, perhaps, to punish adults or organisations who fail in their responsibilities and cause death in the foreseeable circumstances arising from the above bottle.

    But remember is Donkey Rock allyuh dealin wid eh. Aye, does dee law operate dong dey, except to protect fat cyats and charlatans, or to beat people who want to carry on peaceful demonstrations?

    • I took a photo of the stuff being sold in Valpark at a fleamarket sale yesterday. It was so easy to grab. And yes, parents have a right to protect their children first but what I am concerned about is the free-for-all mindset which still plagues our “Donkey Rock” after so many years. Money can’t buy intelligence.

  3. Wow, that is pretty scary to see how similar the bottles are and can be easily mistaken. Luckily my son does not liek soda or sugary drinks but the tire cleaner bottle looks as though it could pass for my son’s water bottle that has flouride in it. Eep!

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