Vendors moved

. . . cry foul over police action

A day after fruit vendor Junior “Fox” Greenidge defiantly declared that he would not be budging from his location on the Duncan O’Neal Bridge, the City, lawmen swooped down illegal vendors who have been operating without permits, ordering them to leave the area.

However, fortunately for Greenidge, he was in possession of a valid permit to sell and therefore was allowed to continue plying his trade in a location he has been occupying for the past three decades.

On the other hand, those vendors who were not in possession of valid permits to sell were asked by lawmen to remove their trays immediately from the location or face prosecution.

This vendor packs away his goods after being told to leave the area.
This vendor packs away his goods after being told to leave the area.

When a team from Barbados TODAY arrived on the scene around noon, Ortis Samuel, who had spoken to this paper on Thursday had already removed his fruit trays and had them neatly stacked away in a footpath next to the bridge.

When asked to comment on today’s action, Samuel who has been selling on the bridge for the past 30 years, said he had packed away his goods and was going in search of a permit to sell.   

However, the most heart-wrenching story was told by 79-year-old Lavinia Daniel of Bulkeley Terrace, St George, who told Barbados TODAY she only sells vegetables on Fridays on St Michael’s Row to prevent her seven sons and one daughter from going to prison.

One of the vendors ordered to move.
One of the vendors ordered to move.

Close to tears, the elderly woman explained that her children were not working; therefore her family’s only means of survival came from working the land around their home.

“What am I going to do if the police run me? I had a permit, but now they are not issuing any more permits, so right now I do not know what to do.

“Can you believe that one of the officers told me that they have some place in St Philip [Dodds prison] where I can be locked away if I do not move.

“I am just helping my children to keep them out of prison. Why can’t I sell little things to help them, only on Fridays? We are still in bondage,” she complained.

No permit, no vending.
No permit, no vending.

Expressing disgust over the action taken by lawmen, one displaced vendor asked: “Why are the police removing us from this location? Why don’t they go in Coleridge Street, Pinfold Street and Bush Hill and remove all of the homosexuals who sell their bodies right in front of their faces.

“We are not doing anything illegal. We are just trying to find a job that the state cannot or is unwilling to provide for us. We have bills to pay and children to feed. We got laid off and the Government cannot provide any work.”

Christopher Clarke, who has been selling fruits with one of his friends on the bridge for the past two to three years, argued that Barbadians now have to be in possession of a permit to live.

“It makes no sense now. You have to go through the authorities for everything you do. This is the only job I have. I have a son, but he is mostly maintained by his mother. I do not know what I am going to do in the future,” Clarke said.

Twenty-five-year-old James Barker, 25, who is the father of three children and was displaced by police action this morning, told Barbados TODAY that he sells oils, soaps and incense to provide for his children.

7 Responses to Vendors moved

  1. ch June 4, 2016 at 2:14 am

    Can’t believe this woman encourages her grown children in this worthlessness. She does not have toddlers at her age and they should all be working. Is she saying that the only alternative is to commit crime when you can’t live off your old mother?

    • Coralita June 4, 2016 at 3:21 am

      Boy that one had me too and I thought, how disgusting!!! I thought at this stage they should be looking after her. Some people think that these soft soap stories are supposed to melt the readers hearts, appeal to the emotions. Not mine though, totally disgusting. You mean to tell me that not one of those children can’t fine work.

      I know government has a social responsibility to its citizens, but people need to realise they have a responsibility to themselves. We all have to live with the choices we make in this life and some choices unfortunately bring hardship and government can’t bail out all.

  2. Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma
    Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma June 4, 2016 at 3:27 am

    Wow! Come on now!! The law is the law. If you need a permit, get a permit. Is a permit that expensive that it can’t be obtained?Hmm… it is difficult to get a job in Barbados and if you have a bit of land to grow food to sell then you a re very fortunate. The previous comment is uncalled for since the old lady’s children probably help farm the food. Let’s hope that is the case.

  3. Smiley June 4, 2016 at 8:01 am

    She is a pensioner and her children must be out of their minds to sit down lazy and let her do all the work at her age ,something about the excuse she gave faulty.If a man doesn’t work he doesn’t eat,send them to look for a lawful job so you can get some rest lady.

  4. 3rdsun June 4, 2016 at 9:11 am

    The old lady told a sad story, but what is even sadder is her grown children leeching off her. She should have put plans in place in her earlier years to receive a pension, not to be scrapping by.

  5. N Day June 4, 2016 at 9:17 am

    I can’t imagine why at 79 years old she working to support 8 big grown children! why you have 8 children and not one of them ain’t working. Can’t they come and sell and let their poor mother rest? But you know what, she seems to have encouraged them in that. I have no sympathy for her.

  6. eddy murray June 5, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Try applying for one and you will see if you going to get one any time soon. I waiting three years now one one to sell plants on weekends


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