Food for thought

COURT TODAY BLOCKAfter ordering two lunches and two drinks from a delicatessen on Wednesday, a Christ Church man was walking right out of the establishment without paying.

However, when Trevor Rudolph Phillips was stopped by security personnel and asked for proof of purchase, he could not produce it.

According to Prosecutor Sergeant Martin Rock, Phillips, of #198 1st Avenue, Homestead Drive, Frere Pilgrim, ordered the items worth $31.86, placed them inside a plastic bag “and headed for the exit”.

Asked by the court about what was going on in his life to cause him to commit the offence at age 48, he replied that it “is just a bad time”. The former property manager further explained that he recently lost his home and was no longer working.

This was his first brush with the law.

Acting Chief Magistrate Douglas Frederick assured him that even though he might think he was at rock bottom, once he was in good health he ought to utilize all his skills to try and “find something to do”. “You look like a mature man, you are well dressed, and I’m sure there are persons out there who are worse off than you,” Frederick said.

After warning Phillips to “make sure this does not happen again”, the magistrate ordered him to perform 120 hours of community service by November 25 when he returns to court.

11 Responses to Food for thought

  1. Tony Webster August 27, 2016 at 3:05 am

    Why does this remind me of 1950….and also reading of a desperate father, similarly appearing in court, and similarly explaining why he felt compelled to “borrow” six pounds of an estate’s sweet potatoes?

    Is this really the Year of Our Lord 2016,, almost fifty years since we came of age as a Sovereign Nation?

    • miche August 27, 2016 at 6:42 am

      Mr Webster,What is it with you and the 50th celebration,,,Come out and put your cards on the table,,,let us know what really is your take on it;;;mind you ,,I said YOUR,,,not someone elses.

  2. Hal Austin August 27, 2016 at 3:13 am

    For this poor man, where is welfare? Sentencing must be holistic, not just an exercise in punishment.
    Most Barbadians are about two missed payments away from being homeless.
    Government must enter a proper conversation with mortgage lenders about homeowners who default.
    Payment holidays, interest-only payments, extended mortgages – all these are ways that can be used to ease the repayment burden on unemployed people.
    Insurance companies must also introduce income protection policies, critical illness, private medical insurance schemes and others.

  3. Christina Lewis August 27, 2016 at 6:20 am

    I agree that lenders must offer assistance to homeowners in distress, however, if the debtor is unemployed, how will they pay? Banks cannot wait indefinitely for payment.

  4. miche August 27, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Hal,,So yuh plannin fuh contest de St Peter seat dis comin election,,or yuh prefer de St George north wun

  5. OntoPurpose August 27, 2016 at 7:10 am

    So . . . the community service job he gonna go and do fo free can’t be offered to him as a paying job??!!! #lovehowdepenalsystemallbotpunishmenydoh

  6. Sheron Inniss August 27, 2016 at 10:34 am

    When I read articles like this one I find myself wondering if I am living in the same Barbados as the politicians. Each time I have to say but there for the grace of God goes I.

  7. Hal Austin August 27, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Absolutely, Sheron. These are middle class people who have fallen on hard times. It can happen to any of us.

  8. BaJan boy August 28, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Hal ain’t so smart don’t let the fluffy statements he makes here fool you. This Goverment has totally destroyed the middle class that the same party under Errol Barrow built and then Tom Adams strengthened. Freundel Stuart should should be the one being foreclosed as he is the one who never had and now putting this country in the position he had permanently occupied until they came to office in 2008 and now he walking this country thumping his chest as if he is some maguffy. He can drag the elections for as long as he like but when ever he rings that bell he will be left out to sea. He and Chris are two despicable uncaring indifferent people with a cabinet of hungry Johnnies come lately with no good intentions for this country.

  9. Heknows August 28, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    A lot of persons may comment on this happening and use it further their own agendas but we must first find out what are facts and what is fiction. People say a lot of things and make a lot of claims to get themselves out of trouble. Everything cannot be taken at face value. Remember a thief is only a thief when he is caught.

  10. BoboTheClown August 30, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Did he really expected to order and walk away without paying? I guess he was lucky to meet a lenient Judge ,or else he would have been surely eating without paying,even if it was plain white rice wid butter at the house that the Government built.
    A bug able body man like dat? Man go to the Country and some body would willingly give you a breadfruit ,and some green bananas for free. And wid a bit a luck a pumpkin.


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