Some fish vendors at the Honiara Central Market continues to use unscrewed scales to weigh fish robbing customers of the little money they have.
This was seen last weekend at the market when one of the Honiara City Council officers was alerted about a fish vendor cheating incident of fish scaling, which was later confiscated causing anger and violent reactions from some of the fish sellers.
Speaking to this paper, an eye witness of the incident who wants his name withheld told the media that it was really embarrassing to see fish vendors defending their crooks in front of the public eyes.
“I call on the Honiara City Council authorities to remain alert on this problem since most of these fish sellers did not take heed of the stern warning sent out to them,” the eye witness said.
“It is time we must impose tough penalties on this culprits because they are robbing the people for a very long time now,” he added.
The eyewitness said, that the incident was attended to by a HCC officer, who brought with him a packet of 1 kilogram rice to test the normal function of the weighing scale, which was proven to be faulty.
He added on by saying that these fish sellers unscrewed their weighing scales intentionally and not by mistake like what some of them claimed.
“The sad thing about this was these daylight thieves were arguing and threatening the poor customers who reported the matter to the HCC officers, without any sense of guilt for what they have done,” he said.
He concluded his account by saying that HCC must impose huge fine for any fish vendor who may caught practising such actions in the future, so that we avoid these greedy people in our market,” he said.
“My final call here is going out to our HCC relevant authority to keep an eye on these cunning fish sellers, by conducting regular check on their weighing scales, as sometimes they would take advantage of our non attendance to their scales,” he said.
By AATAI JOHN