The Fair Trading Commission (FTC) is warning Barbadians not to be duped this Crop Over.
Director of Consumer Protection Dava Leslie-Ward is specifically advising those taking part in masquerade bands for Grand Kadooment to pay close attention to all contract terms and to avoid misleading or deceptive information.
“Persons might have signed up for a specific type of contract, and you know when you are in the midst of Crop Over and you are trying to look good for the season, you accept the contract. And, then you don’t realize that it may have implications after the season has ended. So, those are the types of issues we would have at this time,” she said during a recent outreach programme at Sheraton Mall during which the FTC distributed special brochures for outlining how to be good consumers.
During the event, a warning was also issued to frequent users of social media to beware of pop up advertisements encouraging them to sign up for Crop Over gym specials.
“Those are very popular at this time. So what we are trying to advise consumers to do is to ask the person: ‘Do you have any contractual terms? What happens if I can’t complete it? Do I still have to pay the entire fee? How do I have to pay it? Do I have to pay all the money up front or is it payable in installments? And what if I miss one of those installments?’”
Leslie-Ward also advised those planning to jump on Kadooment Day to carefully examine their costumes and before entering into any contract to make sure they read it and have an understanding of it. The outreach programme continues on Friday, July 20, at Cave Shepherd, Broad Street, and again on Friday, July 27, at Abed’s, Swan Street.