Praise for vending plan
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.