A Soufriere police officer said he has lodged a complaint with the health authorities after discovering a “German roach” in his lunch at a Soufriere restaurant on Wednesday, April 8 at around 1 p.m.
The officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the roach was found in a delicious take-away meal of baked chicken, rice, ground provisions, banana pie, red beans and salad.
The cop said the meal was almost finished when the roach surfaced. He then showed the findings to his colleagues, took photos and proceeded to the environmental health department – accompanied by three co-workers – where he made a report.
“They (health department) said they were gonna investigate. I am not sure if that was done,” he said.
The restaurant was the next stop. The manager was surprised but very cooperative. The officer said the manager gave no attitude, probably because the restaurant was “full” of people.
“I told him … the only thing the man said was ‘Aa coe sar sortie’ [Aa where that come from?] and gave me a refund of $12,” the disappointed officer said.
“I almost ate cock roach.”
One of his colleagues had bought food from the restaurant the same day. “Another guy bought the exact same thing. We checked it but didn’t get nothing.”
The cop said he was a long-time supporter of the establishment.
“From the time I’ve been attached to Soufriere, that’s where I’ve been buying my food the most. About three years,” the cop said.
“After that incident I was talking to a woman about it and she telling me that’s not the first time that was happening. Other persons have gotten German roaches in their food too. I am not buying food there again.”
Instead, the officers plan to cook at the station more often.
“That’s too hazardous to people’s health. Not fair,” he said in reference to dining out.