Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 28th 2015 Contents A6
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, November 28, 2015
AND KALIFA CLYNE
Despite the lure of drastically
reduced prices, yesterday s local
Black Friday sales failed to draw
huge crowds as was the case
Some customers polled com-
plained that advertised sale
prices were even higher than
In 2014, throngs of shoppers
flocked to PriceSmart where
there was a mad rush for the
best deals. Eventually, police had
to be called in to control the
However, perhaps feeling the
bite of the fall in oil prices, cus-
tomers did not seem so eager to
grab items off the shelves this
Mixed among the sales of
$1,000 off smart televisions and
50 per cent off shoes were $500
and $200 increases on items,
tactically marked as discount-
"This isn't really living up to
the hype," 23-year-old Sarah
Bartholomew said yesterday.
Standing with four bags from
three different stores in her
hands, Bartholomew said she
was shopping because of the sale
but added that some stores
weren't being honest.
"I bought a suitcase over there
last month," Bartholomew said
while pointing to an apparel
store in Price Plaza, Chaguanas.
"When I purchased it then, I
paid around $500 for it. Today
it has a discount of 33 per cent
off and the discounted price is
over $700. How is that possible?
I didn't know discounts meant
Bartholomew began her shop-
ping activities at 6 am outside
"My mother made me go with
her and only a few things were
on sale. Not the food stuff. Just
In the US, Black Friday is the
day after the Thanksgiving hol-
iday and the official start of the
holiday shopping season.
Over the years the day, noted
for huge shopping discounts,
have spread outside of the US
to Europe, Latin America and
now the Caribbean.
While the shopping day on
occasion incites violence among
competitive shoppers, Trinbag-
onians are too busy spending to
At PriceSmart's La Romaine
outlet, a steady stream of cus-
tomers flowed in and out, most
pushing trollies laden with smart
There was a noticeable police
presence and most shoppers
seemed to be going about their
regular Friday shopping.
Several shoppers told the T&T
Guardian that this year's deals
were not as they expected.
"I was hoping for bigger dis-
counts, but there are hardly any
good deals," said one customer.
Another customer beamed
from behind his new 42-inch
smart TV and happily disagreed.
"No partner, don't say that.
You know how long I waiting
for one of this?" he asked, ges-
turing to the boxed TV in his
Deal or no deal, most cus-
tomers seemed happy the local
business community had caught
on to the Black Friday sales
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President of the National Parent
Teachers Association (NPTA) Zena
Ramatali says she is disappointed
that parents are protesting against
children attending a Port-of-Spain
Ramatali yesterday called on par-
ents of pupils attending the Tran-
quillity Government Primary School
to cease their protests.
The protests are over a move by
the Ministry of Education to place
100 pupils from the Piccadilly Street
Government Primary School in the
Tranquility school until their school
Some Standard Four and Standard
Five pupils had been placed in the
Tranquillity school since the school
year began in September, a move
parents are also complaining about.
The Piccadilly school was closed
as it had deteriorated beyond repair
and the Education Ministry has
begun looking at alternative arrange-
ments for the nearly 500 pupils until
the school can be reopened.
Former PTA president at the
school Dillon Napier said the Tran-
quillity school was built to accom-
modate 480 children and could not
handle the additional 100 children.
"Bringing an extra 100 children
here is unsafe."
Napier described the move as a
high-handed one by the ministry.
One parent, Heidi Buritto, said
since the first set of students had
been moved to the school there had
"Students are being locked into
"Boys are walking into the girls'
toilet. Children, infants, are being
bullied and kicked down the steps,"
"The children are talking about
gangs such as Muslims and Rasta
City and those types of stuff. This
is what they are bringing to the
school. They could find a location.
Find a building somewhere to house
T&T Unified Teachers Association
(Ttuta) president Devanand Sinanan
said he had received no complaints
from teachers about the situation.
"I am not too sure there is an official
position. I know the Tranquillity
school has been plagued with prob-
lems since the school has opened.
"If our members, the teachers,
complain to us we will look out for
it but the teachers have not com-
plained so far."
Minister in the Ministry of Edu-
cation Lovell Francis yesterday said
he was unable to comment on the
parent's complaints, not having met
Parents of pupils attending the
Tranquillity Government Primary
protest outside the school yesterday.
PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE
Parents protest against
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