VIDEO: Commotion outside of Payless Antigua as police arrest man and woman

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A man and woman were taken into police custody earlier today. CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR WHATSAPP GROUP.

The two refused to leave Payless store after they were informed that they needed a mask to enter.

Employees called the police after the pair became confrontational.

Both were picked up and taken away by police.

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  1. You could’ve left peacefully. Now you’re looking at paying the state unnecessary money for that long list of charges awaiting you.

    People more times it’s just wise to think before you act. It takes two to tango. I do hope a lesson will be learnt from this foolish fiasco.

    • Why should everyone boycott? They have the right to their policy. If you don’t agree, then don’t shop there yourself

    • THE LADY IS VERY RACIAL AND DISRESPECTFUL MY CHILD IS 2 SHE WANTED MY CHILD TO WEAR A MASK.I TOLD HER WHEN IT COMES TO THAT I WILL GO SOMEWHEEE ELSE.masks do not prevent covid it is suprising to see persons are not learning this.
      THE WHITE WOMAN IN DEY NO LOVE BLACK PEOPLE AND SHE TREATS THE STAFF CRUEL TOO.
      NOT SAYING HE IS RIGHT BUT MASKS ARE OPTIONAL

      CALLING ALL ANTIGUANS::::::BOYCOTT PAYLESS AT WOODS XENTER

  2. Not even getting into who’s right or wrong. Antigua police has zero concern or training in conflict resolution.
    I’ve seen these videos before and brute force is the order of the day.

  3. Why couldn’t you move on to another business place? I don’t understand the logic behind of this

  4. Where I am living,you have choices to wear a mask inside and outside. I go to large establishments to shop and I could count the amount of persons wearing their masks inside on both hands. I still wear my mask even in Church. In my opinion,this is not a Police matter. If they refused to serve them,it should have ended there and leave.

  5. WHERE THE MASK or go elsewhere. Don’t be “wrong and strong”.

    All this could’ve been avoided.

    • SMH:Did you mean,”wear” the mask versus “where” the mask.Ask the Po-Po about the gun.

      • Yes “WEAR”
        Autocorect……

  6. The information minister said that individual businesses still have the option of requiring mask in their business place. Most people would not of heard that. But they sure heard the part where the Minister ssid the mask mandate is lifted.
    A business requires mask and you do not want to wear one. You do not have to do so, but you must then evacuate the business.
    And also, mask is still required to enter all health places. I think that will include pharmacies

  7. THE ANTIGUA & BARBUDA OFFICIAL GAZETTE, EXTRAORDINARY, VOL: XLII, THURSDAY 14TH APRIL 2022, NO. 22 STATES:

    The principal Regulations are amended in Regulation 5A as follows –

    a) Paragraph 3 of Section 5A of the principal Regulations is repealed and replaced as follows:

    “Wearing of face mask in public”
    1) For the purposes of these Regulations, IT SHALL NOT BE MANDATORY FOR ANY PERSON TO WEAR A FACE MASK IN ANY PUBLIC PLACE, EXCEPT IN A HEALTH CARE FACILITY SETTING SUCH as, but not limited to, the following:

    a) Hospitals
    b) Clinics
    c) Medical offices
    d) Nursing homes
    e) Mental health and addiction treatment centre
    f) Dialysis facility
    g) Imaging and radiology centres
    h) Orthopaedic rehabilitation centres
    i) Long-term care facilities
    j) Clinical laboratories
    k) Dental clinics
    l) Pharmacies

    2) A PERSON MAY, FOR HIS OR HER OWN PROTECTION, WEAR A FACE MASK IN ANY CROWDED PLACE, WORKPLACE, SUPERMARKET, PRISON, SCHOOL OR OTHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION, RESTAURANT OR SIMILAR FACILITY.

    Now, I am hearing that the fracas that resulted as shown in the video was as a result of ‘person deciding not to wear a mask in a supermarket’ which I believe is considered PUBLIC PROPERTY.

    If what is being said is correct, how could the police ask these persons to leave when they WERE NOT BREAKING THE LAW?

    Is it that the police do not know the law?

    If these persons rights were violated, they should sue the police/government.

      • My business place, my decision on the criteria on entering.
        If I say no slippers in my business place that’s not ok? If I say no slippers in my restaurant, the customer can decide to still wear slippers and I must serve them?
        Beef you can’t be serious.

        • So let me ask you this.

          If the REGULATION says a person HAVE TO wear a mask in a supermarket, can you as owner of a supermarket, without legal consequence say “My business place, my decision on the criteria on entering MY supermarket, no mask in here”?

          I am waiting for your answer.

          • BEEF you are correct with your example of if the Regulations say that persons must wear masks in a supermarket then a supermarket owner cannot say no masks should be worn in my supermarket since the owner would be breaking the Regulations (law). However, all this confusion has arise because the government has said that the mask is not mandatory except in a health care facility etc. The government also said that it was optional for businesses to enforce mask wearing in their businesses but this is simply a policy and not law since it was not put in the Regulations. It is the government and the mixed signals that they have put out that is confusing the issue. Policy is policy and law is law.

      • You should stop disallowing callers to your program because they have the radio on.. allow them to do what they want since they’re not wearing a mask

        • Obviously, you do not understand a person right UNDER THE LAW.

          Why don’t you get some balls and attach your name to your comments?

          I don’t have time for people like you.

    • Audley Dave Joseph (a.k.a Beef), your statement shows a clear lack of understanding of law and the right of proprietors to make policies governing their establishments.

      In Antigua and Barbuda, a person is NOT required to wear either a shoe or a shirt in public. However, you CANNOT enter many establishment without shoe or shirt. While it is your right not to wear one, a business has the RIGHT to MANDATE that you wear one to enter. The very same applies to the wearing of a face mask.

      You need to stop the nonsense and stop supporting idiocy! You have access to a microphone on a nightly basis and you need to be more responsible with your utterances. It’s people like you who allow conscientious stupidity to become endemic.

      • Are you a lawyer?

        I doubt that.

        You don’t even have the ‘balls’ to use your name so you can be identified.

        A**h**e

        • Audley Dave Joseph (a.k.a. Beef), the real asshole here is you. The Regulations DO NOT ban the wearing of masks; it simply says that masks are not MANDATORY. It therefore does NOT remove a proprietor’s right to say it IS mandatory in THEIR establishment. Brother man, the English language is not a difficult one to understand. Instead of riding your high horse of wrong, it might be a good idea to take some lessons in comprehension, you maggot!

          • I guess you did not see the questions.

            Seems as if you will forever remain a NAMELESS, BLIND, A**H**E.

            Go figure!!!

          • I don’t know of Maggots but you are a correct with your comments. We all should be educating each other’s and not be coming so emotional. The truth is all establishments have the rights to require you to wear a mask or not. No one puts a gun at your head and force you to shop in their business. Interestingly, if that’s the case I should be able to say and do what I want in any business without any consequences.

    • Any business has a right, by policy, to determine the condition by which clients may enter.
      For example there is no law in Antigua that stipulates you have to present a valid ID to enter a public business place. But the management of that business can make that a requirement for their place.

  8. The author of BOYCOT PAYLESS NOW is a real idiot. Mask is mandatory yes but I call the shots in my place. Cheers to all establishments who still enforce the mask wearing in their place. Mask is a form of protection to your vital organs such as your nose and mouth. Any sort of disobedience is a police matter. The police advice her to leave the establishment which is his duty and because she is racial against police instead of leaving she hit the officer. We were there and witness what happened. If this had never happened you would never hear about the owner is racist. A female bystander who was standing next to me is the one who call headquarters for backup. Trust me, that police get plenty blows from that female before he began to apply real force. Monkey know what tree to climb. I believe the police was taking it easy with her because of all the video recordings of the incident but when he see he was being handled like a crack head he get serious.

    • I hope you’re someone of colour using that term monkey because if not that’s a real racist thing to say. However, you sound like a real Syrian or Lebanese. We should boycott all store that want to continue making mask mandatory for their stores. If the major supermarkets that provide us with necessities granting us pass without mask, why you and your little store can’t do the same? I beg for us to come together to boycott all business places that are still applying the mask rule.

  9. Happy mothers day to all mothers, mothers to be, men who play the role of mothers and of course all the SUGA MOMMAS.

    • TESSA BARTHLEY did not live to enjoy her motherhood!

  10. TESSA BARTHLEY R.I.P did not live to enjoy her motherhood. R.I.P to her and her unborn child/ren

  11. Mr. Charles Tabor, in my humble opinion THERE IS NO CONFUSION AT ALL.

    The government, through some of its agents, has been saying that ‘they want to return to NORMAL and THEY WANT THE COUNTRY TO BE FULLY OPENED UP’.

    The reasonable among us consider that to mean returning to pre-covid times (prior to 2020). The government has been pellucid on that.

    At the same time, the government is saying that ‘IF INDIVIDUAL PERSONS IN THEIR PRIVATE PERSONA WANTS TO TAKE MITIGATION MEASURES, THAT IS UP TO THEM’.

    I know for a fact that medical persons complained to government agents and these complaints might have influenced changes in regulations (REMEMBER WHEN THE INITIAL DECISION WAS MADE TO DROP MANDATORY MASK WEARING IT WAS NOT REQUIRED TO USE A MASK AT MEDICAL FACILITIES).

    I maintain that a PRIVATE ENTITIY, operation in a PUBLIC SPACE cannot have a policy THAT IS NOT CONSISTENT WITH THE LAW.

  12. BEEF it seems as if you are just as confused as the government. What is the law now with respect to the wearing of masks? The government has identified certain places where it is mandatory to wear masks. The government has also said that outside of those places identified for mandatory mask use, the use of mask is optional and up to businesses to determine their own mask protocol. The latter position by the government is a policy and not law. Point me to the Regulations where it is stated that businesses are free to implement whatever mask policy they wish. And yes, a private business cannot have a policy that is not consistent with the law.

  13. Mr. Tabor, you stated: “The government has also said that outside of those places identified for mandatory mask use, the use of mask IS OPTIONAL AND UP TO BUSINESSES TO DETERMINE THEIR OWN MASK PROTOCOL”.

    I SAY THAT IS NOT SO AND YOU CANNOT FIND IT IN ANY REGULATION.

    If what you said, and I referred to was in fact the case, then businesses would be able to, UNDER THE LAW, be able to make a policy relevant to their individual business place.

    I am not guided by what ANY POLITICIAN SAY.

    I am guided by WHAT THE LAW SAYS.

  14. Mr. Tabor, as a matter of fact, the regulation (law) actually give the right TO THE INDIVIDUAL (NOT THE BUSINESS) as to whether or not they want to wear a mask outside of the places designated in law.

    I stated it above but for emphasis here it is again:

    2) A PERSON MAY, FOR HIS OR HER OWN PROTECTION, WEAR A FACE MASK IN ANY CROWDED PLACE, WORKPLACE, SUPERMARKET, PRISON, SCHOOL OR OTHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION, RESTAURANT OR SIMILAR FACILITY.

  15. BEEF it looks as if you do not know th answer to your very own question. You remain as confused as the government. The wearing or not wearing of a mask is something that the government has legislated under the Covid Regulations. Consequently, it is not up to businesses to say that one can enter or not enter their business without mask. Unless the government gives businesses that option under the Regulations, a business cannot unilaterally (outside of a law) say persons cannot enter their business without a mask. There is no where under the Regulations where that option is given to businesses. I guess like the government you do not appreciate the difference between Policy and Law.

    • @Charles Tabor… I’m a bit bemused by your engagement with Audley Dave Joseph (a.k.a. Beef) as you are entertaining his idiocy and conscientious stupidity. The Regulations clearly speak to wearing masks in a PUBLIC PLACE. Shops, stores and supermarkets are PRIVATE SPACES. Unless the government goes to Parliament and enacts a law that BANS the wearing of masks, any private proprietor can make policies that dictate that you wear a mask on their premises. The government has NOT banned the wearing of masks; all they have done is to say that wearing a mask in a PUBLIC PLACE is not MANDATORY. However, that does not preclude a private person from saying that you NEED to be wearing a mask to enter MY establishment.

      Beef is an asshole and a maggot who has an inflated sense of his own intelligence and importance simply because Pointe FM provides him with a mike. Do not humour him!

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