Jet ski operator attempts to con tourist

An apparent attempt by a jet ski operator to con a visitor out of US$20 almost earned him a stint at Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds.

Carlos Andre Archer, of Jordan Road, Fitts Village, St James, pleaded guilty today to causing a disturbance on Browne’s Beach on January 3, 2018.

On the day in question police were summoned to the beach to settle a dispute between Archer and a cruise ship passenger. The visitor claimed that he had paid Archer money to purchase marijuana after the accused convinced him that personal consumption of the drug was legal in Barbados.

Today, the accused man offered an apology to the court for causing the scene.

However, Magistrate Douglas Frederick told Archer, who was previously fined $500 in 2016 for assaulting a special constable, that it did not appear as though he had learnt his lesson.

“You didn’t learn your lesson. Paying out money seems to be no problem to you so you need something more. You are a serious threat, fooling visitors that marijuana is legal and trying to sell them marijuana, these are all offences. You need some rest in prison.

“Tourism is supposed to be your business and this is what you doing?” Frederick inquired.

However, after several more apologies from Archer, the magistrate opted to convict, reprimand and discharge him.

“Don’t do it again,” Frederick warned.

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