An Australian man living in Tortola not only missed his flight but also had to part with $200 after admitting to a traffic offence in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today.
Robert Shifman was scheduled to leave Barbados at 9:30 this morning but was unable to do so after being involved in a minor accident along Charnocks Road, Christ Church around 7:15 a.m.
While conducting investigations into the accident, it was revealed that Shifman did not have a permit to drive on the island’s roads.
“I wasn’t aware that you needed a driver’s licence for the time I was here,” Shifman told Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant.
That excuse did not sit well with the magistrate who informed Shifman that while “we [live] on a small island, we don’t have small brains [and] we are not fools.
“The same way you all on the continent expect that we will respect the laws of your country, respect the laws of our country as well,” Cuffy-Sargeant said as she ordered Shifman to pay court costs.
He was reprimanded and discharged, with no conviction recorded against him, after the costs were paid.
However, Shifman now has to make alternate travel arrangements after missing his flight.