A Canadian man who was robbed on Monday (July 13) by two bandits on Water Works Road, Castries said he is disturbed by some comments made about the incident and has a serious message for his attackers.
Geordie (only name given) said he was not looking for drugs or interested in any other criminal pursuits, as suggested by a few Saint Lucians.
Rather, he was awaiting pickup at the guest house he was staying, when he was attacked and robbed.
“I came to Saint Lucia on business to provide technical support and training for employees at one of our customers, which in turn will improve skills and efficiencies leading to higher production, more business investment, and create job opportunities,” he told St. Lucia News Online (SNO).
Geordie said he is usually cautious in the area, but wasn’t expecting that he would be attacked that day.
The foreigner pointed to one of the comments which he finds disturbing. It reads: “Fooled by antics of this Canadian…Are you for real?”
He said, “I was struggling to save my butt and you call it antics. I received injuries from this situation.”
The foreigner also had a message for his attackers, “To the two young men who attacked me, I will not forgive you for the concern and anguish you have brought to my family. The loss of personal items, which are of sentimental value, can never be replaced. I hope you realize and understand the path you have chosen and that you find guidance away from it. This type behavior only worsens the future tourist and business situation in the area. Many people rely on the industry for their existence and enjoyment of life.”
Nevertheless he said, “I must say thank you to all the positive comments from the people of St Lucia regarding the situation I ended up in. I was told by people that this incident is not normal for the island and they apologized to me. This is very touching to me, thank you again. And thank you, to the bakery personnel who came to my aid.”
Meanwhile, the foreigner said he was informed of an appointment with the Ministry of Tourism for Wednesday and was looking forward to the meeting, to clarify his intentions in Saint Lucia.
However, for some reason they did not show or called to apologize for missing the appointment, or to reschedule. “I guess it is not an important tourist or business event to be concerned about,” he said.
The man was robbed of his gold chain and a cellular phone, among other items.