(JAMAICA STAR) — It’s not unusual for Donovan Palmer to travel from Manchester to Coronation Market in downtown Kingston to purchase ground provisions and other food items for resale in his community and neighbouring districts.
But, last Sunday, he was in for an unpleasant surprise when one of his customers noticed his plantain had pins and needles inside it.
Further checks revealed that at least 40 other plantains contained needles.
“It was a man who I have been selling to for the past 10 years that buck up in the needle. Every Saturday, he would buy three from me and he would eat one raw and while he was doing that him feel something jook him and him spit it out back. A so we see the needle and when we start cut and search, we realise say more a them have in needles,” he said.
Palmer said he had purchased seven dozen plantains from a vendor who he was accustomed to on Saturday morning.
$5,000 for stock
He stated that although it had cost him little more than $5,000 for stock, he had no other choice except to throw away the rest of the plantains.
“I haven’t seen him and I am assuming that if he got word that his plantain contains needles, he would not come back to the same spot. But I know where he lives in another parish. I honestly don’t think he knows that there were needles inside of them, but probably he could have stolen it or buy it from someone who had stolen it from a farm,” he said.
A still visibly upset Palmer said he had reported the matter to The Ministry of National Security, who took a statement of the incident and promised to have the relevant branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force investigate the matter.
“Without my customers, I am nothing so I want to reassure them that I had nothing to do with this. This is what I have been doing for years to take care of my son, pay my bills and give my woman money. I despise thieves … At a point in time I used to buy my goods elsewhere and I never once buy anything from questionable sources. People lives are in my hands because is food I sell and (it hurts) to know something happen like this, he said.