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May 7, 2012

Graveyard Book is gone with fired City Council Employee

After those bodies leave the morgue, then the families can finally have a funeral service followed by a burial in the cemetery.  And that’s where our next story takes place—inside the Lord Ridge Cemetery—as that final resting stop also has its bout with controversy.  A disgruntled man called the airwaves today about his dismissal from the City Council about a month aback. But his complaint was two-fold—one; that he was terminated unjustly and two; because he felt that he was being threatened by several persons who want him to return a log book which he claims was inherited from his father,  who was once in charge at Lord Ridge Cemetery. Former employee of CitCo, Bernard Richards says that he was employed at the as second assistant at the graveyard until he was terminated in April.   When he left, he took what belonged to him: a log book of all the graves by sections. News Five caught up with Richards who says that the book is now the cause of the constant threats he has received.

 

Bernard Richards, Former Employee, City Council

Bernard Richards

“I just get wah letter that I get fired off of my job and I di work twenty-four years for them people.”

 

Duane Moody

“This was a month ago right?”

 

Bernard Richards

“This was a month ago. But dah noh only me one get fired—so much people get fired. But me take my firing serious cause me dah noh wah person weh give trouble pan my job.  Now they hired somebody else ina my place weh noh even know the graveyard. The graveyard have wah book, well we personally have wa book—me personally have wah book from my old man days. And the book weh I got from he weh could ker yo to any grave. If they want to find a grave from the office, they would just come straight to we and find wah grave.”

 

Duane Moody

“But isn’t that book the property of the City Council?”

 

Bernard Richards

“That book da noh fi the City Council. That book dah from my old bwai weh used to work there—named Mister Richards—that died and left that for me. They just want that because they think it’s for them, but that da my concern through my old man. What I learn outta that book, they can’t get that. Weh that book deh it will stay right there. So they won’t ever get it.”

 

Duane Moody

“So when you left or when you were dismissed, you took the book with you?”

 

Bernard Richards

“When I read my letter that I get fired I get frightened because I wah know weh they di fire me fah.”

 

Duane Moody

“What is it that you want?”

 

Bernard Richards

“All I want back is my job because I have twelve pikney fi mind. Give me back my job—second assistant for the graveyard—and I wa feel happy for that and at least my twelve pikney noh wah punish.”

 

Duane Moody

“What are you going to do if the threats continue to come your way?”

 

Bernard Richards

“Well I noh know weh fi say bout that part deh, but all I want dah fi get back my job.”

 

We attempted to get an interview from the City Council in regards to this complaint but the councilor responsible was buried in other duties.

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4 Responses for “Graveyard Book is gone with fired City Council Employee”

  1. Storm says:

    In this digital age, a competent cemetery will have multiple electronic files of its most important records, including the locations of graves.

    If there are no other copies, then the management is seriously negligent in their duties.

    And no matter what, Bernard Richards has proved himself to be a disgrace to humanity by attempting to hold these sacred records hostage.

  2. beachman says:

    lol! “We attempted to get an interview from the City Council in regards to this complaint but the councilor responsible was buried in other duties.” 2 funny!

  3. Bzeman says:

    This is a lesson for all companies in Belize. People routinely walk out of their jobs with information electronic or otherwise that legally belongs to the company. When you are hired to work for a company unless you have some special agreement the information on the computer systems, or that which is used to carry out your job is the intellectual property of the company. Does not matter if your old man gave it to you or how it came to be in your possession. It belongs to the company.
    This is plain and outright sabotage, unethical, illegal, immoral and should be taken to court. Like I said a wake up call for all companies in Belize.

  4. Logan says:

    I actually know Bernard, in the sense that I had an English teacher, Javier Reyes, who was actually Bernard’s teacher when he was a student.

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