At 5 p.m. on Monday, Massy Stores in St Augustine preferred to have its valued customers in long lines with only five of its nine to ten cashiers working during this pandemic time.

Further, the register to accommodate customers with one to ten items was without a cashier. Customers with only four items were made to wait behind those with carts filled with groceries.

The look I got from the supervisor on duty when I mentioned my disappointment, and that the cashier for the one-to-ten line should never be closed, told me she heard me, but did not find my disappointment meant anything to her.

Please, people, get real and think about what you’re doing in these times.

“Get in and get out!”—this is the system to have in place, especially as this week we learned about the rise in positive local cases of Covid-19.

The line to cash one to ten items should never be without a cashier. What should have taken me 15 minutes took me 40 minutes.

Customer service should always be improving, not falling back.


We join with the Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) in condemning the abusive and ­racist attack by Ancel Roget, president-general of the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) on editors at all three daily newspapers.

Public abuse by a prominent person is always unacceptable, especially when that person is a leading defender of workers’ rights. Ancel Roget is well-known as a fighter against oppression and stands out as a fighter against all types of injustice.

There is no need to press the panic button at this time.

The general election should stay on course for August 10. The Secondary Education Assessment should stay on course for August 20.

I am sitting here in front of the TV just before the election, and for once not dismissing the non-government candidates on the assumption that the die is cast for them and theirs is an exercise in futility.

The recent statements of a union leader are another reminder that we need modern, sensible leadership for these organisations.