Legal Wrangling : Neighbour refuses to pay $50,000 hurricane debt from 2014

October 07, 2016
Two men push a motorbike through a street flooded by a nearby river that overflowed from heavy rains caused by Hurricane Matthew, in Leogane, Haiti, yesterday. Rescue workers in Haiti struggled to reach cutoff towns and learn the full extent of the death and destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew as the storm began battering the Bahamas yestersday and triggered large-scale evacuations along the U.S. East Coast.

Several vendors were seen downtown this week celebrating the fact that Jamaica was spared the onslaught of Hurricane Matthew.

However, the vendors were also celebrating the profits they made as shoppers turned out in large numbers to prepare for the hurricane.

"I sold off all of the candles and flashlights I bought and made big profit," one of the vendors boasted.

"Well, all of my tinned items went and I must say I made a good change from them," another vendor remarked.

"But you see how everywhere was packed with people shopping, and every day you hear people bawling that they have no money?" added another vendor.

One of the vendors had a different story to tell about the hurricane.

"I was getting ready to come down here to cash in on the hurricane when my neighbour called me, " the vendor said.

"She said she had a favour to ask me, and from she called me I know the favour she was going to ask. I was very prepared for her. When I was ready to leave, I called her to hear what she had to say.

"My neighbour said she wanted to borrow $50,000 from me to buy some food for her children because of the hurricane. She said her sister in America had promised to send some money, but did not get the time to do so.

"I said, 'So, is so much money you want to borrow to shop for hurricane? She said when she spend that money, the grocery would last her for some time. I said to her, 'You have very strong nerves'. She smiled and said, 'I know how to spend money".

One of the vendors asked if her neighbour got the chance to spend the $50,000.

In response, she said, "My $50,000? No way."

"I told her this is one time she was not going to get my money, hurricane or no hurricane. I reminded her that in 2014 she came to me with the same story that her sister was going to send money for her and she was borrowing money from me. I asked her if she forget that she still owe me my $50,000.

"She said she did not forget that she owed me but was just begging me to help her out. I told her she will never get my money to spend and I was going to sue her for the money she owed me because she has no intention to pay me."

"You don't have any document to show that you lent her the money, so you can forget about it," one of the vendors said.

"I will find a way to sue her," the vendor responded.

Although there is no written agreement concerning the loan, you can still sue her in the Parish Court to recover the $50,000.

An agreement can be made orally as well as in writing and the judge, on hearing the case, will make a decision.

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