In­ca­pable drunk­ards sleep on side­walks, res­i­dents con­cerned

‘It is an eye­sore. These peo­ple are not beggars. They have homes’

Fiji Sun - - Suncity - WAISEA ANASOKIA Edited by Percy Kean

Busi­ness own­ers and res­i­dents, of one of Nadi’s tourist cen­tres, are con­cerned with the grow­ing num­ber of al­legedly drunken peo­ple sleep­ing on the side­walks dur­ing the week­ends.

They are mainly party go­ers and night­club pa­trons who en­joy the night spots but end up sleep­ing on the side­walks or in front of shops. A se­nior res­i­dent, Ron­nie Chang, said see­ing heav­ily in­tox­i­cated young men and women between 5am and 6am is always a

sad, piti­ful and un­wel­come sight. “They cre­ate gross dis­tur­bance of peace. I have ob­served men uri­nat­ing in pub­lic places. It is a big shame,” he said.

“It has be­come a com­mon sce­nario ev­ery morn­ing from Sat­ur­day to Mon­day.”

Mr Chang said he wit­nessed such sad sights dur­ing his reg­u­lar morn­ing walks from his Moun­tain View res­i­dence. On Sun­day Mr Chang saw a man ly­ing down in front of a shop with no shoes on.

“I stand to be cor­rected, but looked as if some­one had al­ready stolen from this guy in his dead drunk stu­por,” he said.

“The ex­tended night club hours are a def­i­nite con­tribut­ing cause. Au­thor­i­ties need to close night­club hours at 1am.

“All night­club em­ploy­ees and mu­si­cians should be rest­ing af­ter 1am not work­ing till 5am daily.” Ho­tel Mart­in­tar di­rec­tor Ben Kr­ishna shared sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments.

“It is an eye­sore. These peo­ple are not beggars. They have homes yet they are knocked out on the side streets and I don’t feel com­fort­able at all,” he said. Po­lice said drunk­ards found ly­ing on the pave­ments were taken to the sta­tion, some were charged for be­ing drunk and in­ca­pable, then re­leased when they are sober to go home. Mean­while, the Mart­in­tar-Na­maka cor­ri­dor adds to the grow­ing “tourism” strip ben­e­fit­ing from the ex­tended open­ing hours al­lowed through­out the coun­try. There are more than 30 bars and restau­rants along the area.

An in­tox­i­cated in­di­vid­ual sleep­ing on a side­walk.

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