Despite claiming that sales have not “been bad”, some vendors plying their trade at the Barbados Secondary School Athletic Championships (BSSAC) believe they should be allowed to sell beverages at the National Stadium.
Speaking to Barbados TODAY during the semi-finals earlier today, the vendors argued that the Stadium canteen alone could not fully service the demands of the hundreds of spectators and athletes at the Waterford venue.
One of them, who gave her name as Betty, said they were not allowed to sell even water or any other kind of beverage.
“On hot days like these, people want something to drink. If 50 people come here to buy something, 40 of them are either looking for water or something to drink,” the elderly woman argued.
“The snacks aren’t selling that well. I sit and watch people going to the canteen, but sometimes the line is so long, they just turn around and go back into the stands, because they aren’t about the long wait.
“The canteen can’t service everyone,” Betty maintained.
Another vendor, who preferred to remain anonymous for fear of being victimized, explained she was even open to limiting the number of drinks a vendor could sell.
She said business had been much better at the just concluded National Primary School Athletic Championships (NAPSAC) at which she had been allowed to sell beverages.
“I wouldn’t even mind if each vendor could sell a certain amount of drinks, so as to prevent an influx . . . but to just have one canteen selling drinks, I don’t think is enough,” she claimed.
She however said she was hopeful things would pick up tomorrow –– BSSAC’s final day.
Allison, a mixed ice vendor, revealed sales had not been that “healthy”. However, she was optimistic things would look up tomorrow.
“Today a lot of children didn’t come; so I think we will see bigger crowds tomorrow.
“I’m giving God thanks that I am able to come out here and make a living,” Allison added.
While admitting sales were up from last year, another vendor said things had been a bit slow today, but fingers were being kept crossed that “people would come out and spend their money tomorrow”.