Businessman feels harassed by GNBS
By Abena Rockcliffe
Disgruntled over what he deems as a “set up”, Anthony Sarjoo is claiming that his business is under attack.
Sarjoo, the owner of Isaac Computer Electronics, said that two male representatives from the Guyana National Bureau of Standards accompanied by three armed police ranks “barged” into his store on Friday; and placed “on hold” signs on his display case halting any sale of Blackberry phones.
According to Sarjoo, he inquired whether there was a court order and was met with a response from one of the representatives from the Bureau of Standards that “ we don’t need a court order, we can do what we want cause you selling a set a refurbished phones.”
The business owner said that the scene was somewhat embarrassing as two of the ranks were in possession of “dem big big guns and they just barge in like I am some criminal.”
Sarjoo give the genesis of Friday’s incident as an “ongoing” situation existing with a customer whom Sarjoo “found to be the suspect from the beginning.”
The man said that following the customer’s initial purchase of the phone, she requested that she be given a warranty; six months was granted.
He said that the phone was purchased on a Wednesday. The following Monday, the woman returned to the store with complaints that “the phone ain’t taking charge and that de power cable (charger) was crooked.”
Both her battery and charger were replaced. “We found it strange cause all these things were shown to her before she left the store so it obviously was crooked then. We figured it done there,” stated an employee.
However, the customer returned a few days later and stated that the phone wasn’t even “coming on, that “it ain’t rebooting or nothing.”
“I told her that she has to wait until the boss comes back for negotiations. After that, we were in constant communication until one day her mother said that they knew someone from the Bureau of Standards and that they will report us. Since then we weren’t contacted till today’s drama” recalled one of the store workers.
Sarjoo stated that he thinks that someone is out to get him because of his “unbeatable rate” on blackberry phones.
“I ain’t looking for a 100 per cent profit. I sell my things reasonable. Is years I in this business. I ain’t looking to rob nobody” affirmed Sarjoo.
The man said that he never purchased refurbished phones or computers because they are too problematic.
He even produced the invoice for the said phone sold. That invoice stated “condition: new.”