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Dec 21, 2012

Chicken vendor is deep fried about City Council’s stop order

Paul Ferguson

It is not over yet for Paul Ferguson, the fried chicken vendor who was removed from in front of Femina Store on Albert Street by Special Constable Selbert Butler on Tuesday. He was arrested, charged and taken to court on Wednesday when he pleaded guilty for insulting Butler. With that matter completed, Ferguson was right back at his stand on Albert Street, where he has been selling his fried chicken for over a year. But even after complying with requests to relocate to the Battlefield Park, he is not yet out of the woods. Just after two this afternoon, Ferguson was served with a stop order by the City Council saying that he is not allowed to sell fry chicken without a trade license with immediate effect. Faced with this new dilemma, Ferguson told News Five that he doesn’t need a trade license because he doesn’t own a business.


Paul Ferguson, Peddler

“It’s very stressful; I tired. Noh tired ah them. I noh wah give up. I still wah fight this to the bitter end. They just issue me wah stop order in a Paul Ferguson’s name. Paul Ferguson doesn’t own a business; doesn’t own a fry chicken business. If y’all can look at it, a summons in Paul Ferguson name. Paul Ferguson doesn’t own a business. I doesn’t own this fry chicken business. So they issued me an order to stop sell chicken on Albert Street. Yes Paul Ferguson will stop sell chicken, but chicken will continue sell on Albert Street. Like I explained to you all before, it is something personal; it is something personal between me and Mister Butler. Mister Butler don’t want me to sell chicken on Albert Street because it hurts his business in the commercial center. If you go down Albert Street and look at all these people selling stuff on Albert Street, none of these people have trade license. So why they want me to get a trade license? This is called peddling; we are all peddlers. But now I realize that it is something personal and direct—that they want to remove me from this area.  The stop order was handed to me a few minutes ago. They tried to locate me yesterday, but they couldn’t find me yesterday so they went to update it and brought the summons for me today.”


Duane Moody

“But didn’t they say when the issue first came to light that they wouldn’t have a problem if you moved from that location into the battlefield Park. Now you’re here and there is still a problem with you being out here selling?”


Paul Ferguson

“And that was from out of the mayor’s mouth. Mayor Bradley said that we don’t have a problem with the man relocating. We offered him several times to go to the battlefield Park. Now I am here at the Battlefield Park and now you don’t want me to sell in Battlefield Park. But like I said before, Paul Ferguson doesn’t own a business. This stop order was issued to Paul Ferguson, so they can’t stop the fry chicken from selling on Albert Street. The fry chicken will continue to sell on Albert Street.”


Ferguson says that he will turn up the heat by seeking legal advice.

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3 Responses for “Chicken vendor is deep fried about City Council’s stop order”

  1. Rod says:

    What a vindictive mayor and gov. Why is the mayor not in jail for contraband his family and him were caught red handed contra banding breaking the law and nothing was done about it no one was even charged much less go to jail now he wants to harass a man trying to make a living it is disgraceful that there is one set of laws for the people in this gov. And another set of laws for all other belizeans march people march on this corrupt thieving pm and his gov. Who are robbing you blind guan judas barrow you and Robin Hood in reverse need to resign you are impotent useless corrupt judas and Robin Hood need fu resign kick them out people. Leave this man alone.

  2. Storm says:

    Sorry to say the chicken man seems to be spouting nonsense, and I say that even as I support him in principle. All the vendors should be treated exactly the same, not picked on because they might compete with a “connected” businessman. License them and regulate them all fairly and equally, nobody can ask for more.

    But it’s reasonable to regulate them for health, making sure they don’t block traffic, and pay whatever taxes and fees apply.

  3. Jay says:

    You are an idiot…….REALLY!!!!!
    That is all I have to say!

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