Cart vendors in Bartica are alleging unfair treatment by the Town Council, in terms of where they are allowed to ply their trade and the cost they are subjected to pay to do such.
Talking to Kaieteur News, the vendors alleged that they are paying $4,000 per week to the town council while stall owners pay a total of $6,000 per month and yet they are not allowed to ply their trade freely, but are being moved from place to place.
The vendors voiced complaints about the council wanting them to move from their current selling areas (3rd – 7th Avenue) and go to 4th Avenue alongside the abattoir area – an area the vendors claim “people do not really go to buy greens or so.”
The vendors went on to say that they have no problem in the fact that they are prohibited from selling in 1st Avenue, as they might pose competition to the stallholders at Bartica Market, but they need to make a living too.
One vendor went further to allege that when the previously mentioned issue was highlighted, a senior council official reportedly contended that the vendors should “take their carts and go sell in front of Platinum Night Club and the girls in the short skirts will come over and buy from them.”
Claims that council posed threats of seizing their carts if they do not abide by the new boundaries were also raised by the vendors.
Another vendor expounded that he has been selling from a cart for 10 years, however for the past three years he has been experiencing several difficulties. He further highlighted that a lot of his goods are perishable and the constant movement to desolate areas would put him along with other vendors at a disadvantage.
“Every time is ‘you can’t sell here, you can’t sell there, go sell there’, and at the end of the day our fruits and vegetable spoiling and we ain’t making any profit, I got children to send to school, rent to pay, a house to maintain.”
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