Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On
Two Warnings in One
As for the private sector, can they too warn their employees. I remember sometime in the past there was a cyclone warning out and because of torrential rain civil servants were sent home to make their homes safe, pick up their children and stock up on rations. Well, one civil servant did just that and drove to his wife’s work place (she worked in a retail store) to pick up his wife. When he got there she said the store owner said they couldn’t leave because the shop was still open. Fearing for his wife’s safety he told the store owner that all civil servants had been told to go home for safety sake. The store owner said that his store was not the civil service and they operated differently and he was the owner.
He told the husband that if the wife was to leave, she shouldn’t bother coming back, and they did just that. How unkind can that be. We have an impending cyclone approaching us, I hope the private sector will not be as unkind and the storekeeper I am talking about and also close shop and send employees home. They will be respected more if they comply with safety regulations.
Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in Fiji. I thank Allen for permission to reprint some of them in this political blog. They remind us that life goes on, whatever the political situation. And it's good to know that.