I would like to write about an issue which seldom gets the attention of the news agencies, one which the authorities, more specifically the ‘A’ Division Police force has tried to tackle in the pass, but somehow failed to contain it; a routine occurrence which could be described as nothing short of ‘lawless’. I am referring to the Hadfield Street’s White Castle Fish Shop fiasco every Friday nights.
I would like to start by saying I have absolutely no problem with White Castle’s business model, in fact, I would buy their fish from time to time; what I do have a problem with, however, is having them as a neighbour.
Let me begin with the noise nuisance. Every Friday evening starting at about 21:00h the Fish Shop’s patrons would set up their vehicles with loud music sets to begin what I refer to as a ‘headache cocktail’. They would all at once (sometimes 4 to as much as 10 vehicles) play different music as loud as their hyped up portable sound systems can play. Apparently the fish shop’s loud music isn’t enough.
This nuisance continues throughout the night until 2:00h the following morning. During this time vulgar music is played; illicit drugs are used; patrons urinate on neighbouring buildings, walkways, driveways and in the drains; prostitutes solicit; beer bottles and empty boxes are thrown all over the streets, the avenue and right in front of the residents’ houses. This is all done on the public road (not in a club or bar). The police do pass from time to time, and the music is lowered for a few minutes, then it goes right back to square one once they leave.
It is very unfortunate if you own a vehicle and live near the fish shop. Firstly you have to get home and park before 21:00h, since your driveway apparently serves as parking for the fish shop patrons. If you were to show up and find a car parked in your driveway you would have to search for the driver or drive away and park elsewhere, then take a taxi to return home. Sometimes even if you do find the driver they are reluctant to move, and you don’t want to risk arguing with a ‘drunk man’.
So you get bullied and you move. Other nights when you do get to park early, and you have to get back out, you’re greeted with persons ‘liming’ and bracing against your car, with alcoholic bottles rested on the roof and/or trunk of your vehicle. I would usually have to frequent the body shop to get rid of scratches and dents as a result of this atrocity.
Lastly, there’s the aftermath. The fish shop would start removing the evidence of a drunken, lawless night as soon as they are closed. When residents step out the following morning all that remain are some broken bottles, probably a few new scratches on their vehicles and the most putrid sent of urination. A few of the nearby businesses would have their employees come an hour early for work to wash down the filth that White Castle and its patrons left behind.
After reading this letter I am sure that you will all feel the same way I feel about this situation. It needs to be monitored and policed at minimum. It really shouldn’t even be allowed since the patrons are not in a club nor bar – they are on the public road, therefore the 2:00 hrs cutoff should not apply to them. In fact, they should not be drinking on the public road at all. The residents of the area are fed up, and we are therefore hoping for a ‘change’.
I urge the authorities to look into this matter. And I am hopeful that this letter gets the attention of the ‘A’ Division Commander, the Minister of Public Security, and the Minister of Communities. I also urge the various news agencies to show up at around midnight on any Friday and be a witness to how the Fish Shop and its patrons affect the mostly residential area with noise and solid waste pollution, public urination and prostitution (which may be more difficult to observe).
For my own safety, I will be using a false name under this letter.