Praise for vend­ing plan

UK Barbados Nation - - NEWS -

SOME BRIDGETOWN VEN­DORS have wel­comed Govern­ment’s move to de­crim­i­nalise road­side vend­ing.

Jef­frey Suther­land, who sells fruits on Swan Street, praised the plan.

“It is good that the Govern­ment is do­ing some­thing about the vend­ing. The ma­jor­ity of us make our liv­ing on the streets; we don’t have sta­ble nine to five jobs like some. It’s good that we would get to come and sell JEF­FREY SUTHER­LAND said he wel­comed the move by Govern­ment.

our things and the po­lice wouldn’t ha­rass us for sell­ing our fruit,” he added.

He said that for too long they were un­der stress try­ing to make a liv­ing.

“They have us like crim­i­nals out here . . . go­ing to court while try­ing to sell our fruits; they see us as crim­i­nals and we aren’t. We are just out here look­ing for

an hon­est dol­lar.”

An­other ven­dor, An­dre Ever­s­ley, said he was glad some­thing was fi­nally be­ing done to pro­tect them.

How­ever, he pleaded with his col­leagues to be on their best be­hav­iour when the leg­is­la­tion was passed.

“I think it’s a re­ally good move. But I hope the peo­ple they give this priv­i­lege to re­spect it and don’t overdo it. Just be­cause they al­low us to vend some­where don’t mean we can do it any old how. We have to be orderly and re­spect­ful. So once it’s passed, I hope we be­have like peo­ple and not chil­dren,” the ven­dor of 15 years said. (DB)

AN­DRE EVER­S­LEY said he hoped his col­leagues would repect the rules once the new leg­is­la­tion was passed.

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