visitor overstays welcome; refuses to pay $960 hotel bill
A Bridgetown court is yet to determine what to do with a visitor from the Netherlands who not only overstayed his welcome here, but also refused to pay his hotel bill.
For now, Olaf Cornelius Antonus Peters will remain in prison until next Friday. Hopefully by then he would have come up with the $960 which he owes to Rostrevor Hotel in St Lawrence Gap.
Peters today admitted he did not pay the bill when he appeard before Acting Chief Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court.
According to Station Sergeant Neville Watson, the visitor arrived here on August 17 and racked up the debt as a guest, but when management tried to collect payment from him, they found it difficult.
Police were summoned and Peters was taken into custody.
He told police that the money would have been in Barbados within two days, since his girlfriend who lives here was contacting his father about clearing the debt.
That plan fell through and the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court heard this afternoon from Anthony Gittens of the Netherlands Consulate that “his father has refused to deposit the money into his account”.
The magistrate informed Peters that he would very likely have to compensate the hotel, after which the Dutchman offered a solution.
“I’m an honest man. I go to pawn shop. I have two watches and a phone,” he said.
“But you cannot do that transaction
unless you are on bail,” the magistrate countered, “and who is going to do that for you?”
Peters recommended the honorary consul, who responded that he “did not have the authority to stand bail” for the accused.
Frederick offered Peters bail to the tune of $1,500 with one surety and gave him a week to get his affairs in order.