‘$5 horn’ lands two in court
A shop assistant went before Magistrate Douglas Frederick this morning and pleaded guilty to causing a disturbance at the Usain Bolt Complex.
While Mandisa Zakiya Brathwaite did so, her co-accused Roger Don Goodridge, a self-employed 53-year-old, denied the charge.
The vendor, who resides at Garden Road, Country Road, St Michael, was granted $1,000 bail and told to return to court on March 24.
Meanwhile, Brathwaite, who is not known to the court, was reprimanded and discharged. She resides at Block 14K Haynesville, St James.
The incident occurred after Brathwaite bought a horn from Goodridge which was defective. After she confronted him about it and asked for an exchange, it was refused.
It was after she tried pushing her hand in Goodridge’s bag to get a different one that they had an altercation and Brathwaite hit him with her umbrella.
Magistrate Frederick felt that the matter could have been settled there without having to face the court over “a $5 horn.”
He also explained to the woman what good customer service ought to be and advised her that if she was dissatisfied with Goodridge’s response to her, she simply should not purchase anything further from the vendor rather than the action she had taken.