Mixed views on paying Myrie
There have been mixed reactions from Barbadians on Government’s announcement Jamaican Shanique Myrie will be paid this week. Myrie, who was denied entry into Barbados back in March 2011, was awarded US$38,620 (JAM $4 million) in damages by the Caribbean Court of Justice.
“I think that this is great. I think she deserves it. It’s a large sum for that, but I believe that she should get the money. If you come to a Caribbean island and get treated like that, could you imagine the hurt that you will feel? ’Cause we are one Caribbean, one people.”
“I go with the decision that she should be paid. I can’t say whether they took too long, but the thing is, we are a people of our word, and I am of the opinion that we are making good on that. I don’t really think there is too much noise if you are promised something and you don’t get it at the time that you think you should get it.
“She wants her money. We said we were going to pay; let her have it; be done and over with it.”
“There are other people who the Government owes too. I know of a man who put Government in court for wrongful dismissal . . . and he hasn’t gotten paid. There is also another guy called Al Barrack who the Government has money for, for years, and they have not paid him.
“So why should Shanique Myrie get priority over them? You mean just because she decided to complain? I think they should go in order; take the others who they owed before, and go in sequence. First come, first serve; let her wait her turn like anybody else.”
“If they could pay she, they could pay Barrack. They owe Barrack money a long time and they can’t pay him. Yeah, they take long, but you know how Government works.”
“I don’t think it should be paid at all.”