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Oct 13, 2017

Chicken Dread Vs CitCo, Round 4: Trailer Hauled Away, is Council Getting Personal?

The constant harassment of Paul ‘Chicken Dread’ Ferguson by the Belize City Council continued around noon today in front of E.P. York High School.  This time a tractor was reportedly called in to haul off his vending truck and impound it at CitCo’s works department on the George Price Highway.  Despite having obtained the requisite documents to sell fast-food along Princess Margaret Drive in the vicinity of the high school, Ferguson remains under pressure from City Hall.  Today we caught up with him at the location, after being summoned by his employees that they were under threat of being towed away.

 

Paul ‘Chicken Dread’ Ferguson

Paul ‘Chicken Dread’ Ferguson, Fast-food Vendor

“I received a call from my workers that the police were out here and city council was out here to enforce the moving of my trailer from in front of E.P. York.  It‘s very frustrating because it‘s on a daily basis.  I‘m going through this, for years I‘m going through this and I‘m asking when it‘s going to stop.  I learned that a directive was handed down from the city administrator that she doesn‘t want me to conduct business anywhere in the city and I have everything intact and I would like to know what is the problem.  I believe it‘s very personal, very, very personal and it‘s getting me very frustrated also.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“What were some of the requirements that you were asked to comply with, in terms of being able to vend at this location?”

 

Paul ‘Chicken Dread’ Ferguson

“A peddler‘s license, license and insurance.  And she denied me the license for the trailer because she told me I can‘t license the trailer, but I went and got the insurance.  We know the insurance supersedes the license.  So if you have insurance you can go anywhere in the city and I have insurance and the peddler’s license.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Now what happened here this morning, because I am seeing a tractor in the vicinity?  Was that brought in to remove your trailer?”

 

Paul ‘Chicken Dread’ Ferguson

“Yes sir, by force.  They said they were going to tow the trailer up to two miles.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Now I also see the presence of officers and traffic wardens here as well.  Can you explain their purpose for being here?”

 

Paul ‘Chicken Dread’ Ferguson

“Well the officers were very professional.  Mr. Grinage was very professional.  He came on site and he asked to see the particulars and the particulars were shown to him and it showed that everything was intact and he realized that this is bigger than him.  He realized that this is personal, so he is just here to make sure everything is, nothing gets out of hand.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Could this be the result of maybe you taking business away from some of the other established vendors who are in this area?”

 

Paul ‘Chicken Dread’ Ferguson

“Noh man, yoh cyant seh dat Isani the day.  Always.”

 

Ferguson has been back and forth with City Hall over that location, ever since he began selling fried chicken there at the start of the school year.

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1 Response for “Chicken Dread Vs CitCo, Round 4: Trailer Hauled Away, is Council Getting Personal?”

  1. kmheusner says:

    so ridiculous. in cities all over the world food trucks are welcomed. they even have festivals where multiple trucks gather, bringing in customers from all over town. only in belize do we strangle fledgling businesses instead of fostering them….the city council should be promoting this type of endeavor as part of entreprenuerial spirit.

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