It was a beautiful Saturday morning; I started my journey to Parika to board the ferry for my long Independence weekend. From my understanding, vehicles must be on the stelling to be booked three hours before departure of ferry. Hence, I reached the Parika Stelling 90 minutes before departure. The Officer-in-Charge of booking vehicles then took my vehicle number and booked it down.
She then said to me,” Park your vehicle at the corner of the gate.” I parked, stepped out of the vehicle and went back next to her, waiting for 80 minutes for her to tell me to board.
During the 80 minutes, there were many vehicles on the boarding list that started to board the ferry. As they proceeded to the ferry, the Officer-in-Charge of booking ticked off the vehicles from her booking list as they boarded the ferry.
At around 12:15 noon, a red car approached the stelling gate, the driver stepped out of the car, approached the Officer , asked for an excuse, then requested to speak to her in a corner away from where she was seated. They spoke for approximately 30 seconds, then she said to him audibly, “go speak to the Supervisor”, who was standing not far from her.
He went and spoke to the Supervisor in the same manner, he then returned to his car. The Supervisor then proceed to the entrance of the ferry, and after five minutes, the gentleman walked back to the said Supervisor who is now standing at the entrance of the ferry.
I witnessed they were both having a conversation. After taking note of all that was happening, I walked back to the Booking Officer at the entrance gate of the stelling, she received a phone call, immediately she booked a number, “PGG 7329” . I curiously turned my head and looked at the car to see if it was the same number, “it was!”
After 10 minutes, she summoned the gateman to open the gate for that said car and he was boarded on the ferry. The spot that I waited 80 minutes for was given to someone who came long after me. The ferry was loaded and ready to depart.
Upon seeing this, I then approached the Supervisor and enquired about my long awaited spot. She did not respond to me even though I repeated myself thrice. I then walked back to the Booking Officer, and asked her, “what happen to my spot?”
She replied, “do not ask me, go and talk to my Supervisor”.
This statement was said several times!
While having my discussion with her, I overheard someone saying, “The man has a few chicken in his car’s trunk.
Based on the statement of the individual who said the man has chicken in car trunk, it meant that priority is given to chicken carried in trunks of cars rather than first come first serve.
My questions: is it really chicken or is that favouritism?
When will justice and fairness prevail in our country?
When will people stop selling their uniforms for a few dollars?
This is my enjoyable vacation back home. On my future vacations to Essequibo, I’ll surely purchase some chickens, of course, cooked chicken, add feathers to the meat and get FIRST PRIORITY on the ferry.
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