A security guard captured on video beating a man in the car park outside Jordans Supermarket in Fitts Village, St James on Monday July 25 has been fired.
In the video, which is about a minute long, a man wearing a light blue shirt and dark blue pants and with a haversack on his back is seen being beaten viciously and kicked about the body by another man. The attack continued even after onlookers attempted to hold back the assailant, who on two occasions could be seen picking up what appeared to be a rock and hitting his victim with it. The victim, who did not appear to fight back, staggered and fell to the ground multiple times. A female voice could be heard in the video continuously calling, “Francis”, an apparent reference to her colleague Francis Alcide.
Seemingly satisfied, the attacker stopped and walked away while the victim could be seen staggering towards the supermarket entrance as the recording came to an end.
A representative of the supermarket, who spoke to Barbados TODAY on condition of anonymity, acknowledged that the assaulter was an employee.
The representative said the man had breached the company’s employee code of conduct and was sacked as a result.
Management of the supermarket issued a statement today declaring that the incident was a personal matter between the terminated worker and a member of the public and had nothing to do with the business.
The representative who spoke to Barbados TODAY gave further insight in the interview, revealing that the supermarket had been receiving degrading and negative comments from members of the public, both locally and internationally, as a result of the incident.
According to the official, customers living overseas but who shop at Jordans Supermarket when they visit the island, had also been calling to make it clear they would stop shopping there.
“We do not condone violence. Management had to thoroughly investigate the matter. People were saying he should have been dismissed immediately but they don’t know the full story of what happened. We will be cooperating with the police as they carry out their investigations,” the representative said.
Meanwhile, Korea Alcide, an employee at Jordans Supermarket and the former wife of the fired worker, said she has had sleepless nights since the video went viral on social media, and that she and her family had been receiving threats.
An emotional Alcide told Barbados TODAY she wanted the public to be clear that she knew noting about the confrontation involving her former husband and the father of her 17-year-old and 23-year-old daughters.
“We have to be looking over our backs now because we are getting threats that if they cannot get him then they are going to come back for the family.
“I have daughters that are very scared right now. I have not slept for the last three nights. I want the public to know that what happened has nothing to do with my family,” the mother said.
Alcide said she was at work when the incident occurred, but had not witnessed it. She added that she had no interest in finding out what happened.
“They are coming to the supermarket to get at him but when they are not seeing him they are finding out who is his family. I am living in fear,” she said. “This whole thing got me so scared.”
Public Relations Officer of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) Acting Assistant Superintendent David Welch said in a press release today that lawmen were aware of a video of the incident circulating on social media.
He said an investigation was being conducted into “a case of serious bodily harm reported by a 36-year-old, St James resident”.