Wed | May 27, 2020

Disservice to the ordinary man

Published:Thursday | April 9, 2020 | 12:10 AM


I KNOW we are all concerned and consumed with the reality of this invisible foe called COVID-19. I must add my kudos to the prime minister and his team for taking the hard decision to implement tough measures to try to stave off this horrific pandemic.

However, my writing today is to do with an epidemic of a different type – disservice to the Jamaican people. The saying ‘size does matter’ is true to fact, but oftentimes it’s really the little things that matters – my wife did a good job of teaching me that throughout my marriage.

My car was involved in an accident from September 24, 2019, and after immediately reporting it to the Constant Spring Police Station and to my insurance, I am still nowhere near settling the case. The owner of the other vehicle accepted liability. As for my insurance company, after months of having the related information, it is only in January when I inquired why it was taking so long to settle my claim that I was told to get the police report.

Upon paying the requisite fee for the report, I submitted the receipt to the police station on February 5 and was told to pick up the report in two weeks’ time. After five visits and numerous phone calls, the report is yet to be completed. The last thing I was told on March 30 was that the officer responsible was on leave.

It’s truly disheartening that we pay our taxes and do our part, yet simple things like these that have the potential to cause so much frustration are continuing to happen. These are the little things that help to breed corruption.

Melvin Pennant, JP