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NCA President Cautions Consumers: ‘Don’t Go Shopping ‘Til You Drop!’


“Don’t go shopping ’til you drop,” is the National Consumers Association (NCA) President’s advice amid extended opening hours for businesses to facilitate Christmas shopping.

Dr. Thecla Fitz-Lewis thanked and commended the business community for the shopping hours extension, considering that consumers work flexible hours.

Fitz-Lewis noted that some people work morning shifts, night shifts, and other times.

As a result, the NCA President told St. Lucia Times that the extended business operating hours would facilitate the workers.

Nevertheless, Fitz-Lewis advised citizens to spend what is necessary.

“Do not just spend because it’s Christmas, and don’t go shopping ’til you drop. It doesn’t make sense,” she stated.

The NCA official advised buying necessary things, including gifts for the family.

However, she observed that sometimes consumers go on a rampage.

“And after Christmas, when the guava season hits, everybody begins to complain. They blame the government. They blame everyone else except their unrestrained habits,” Fitz-Lewis declared.

She said consumers have a choice and must act wisely.

The Saint Lucia Government has approved the following extended shopping hours:

Various Businesses

Friday 15 to Saturday 23 December 2023

Until 9:00 PM

Wednesday 27 to Friday 29 December 2023

Until 9:00 PM

Malls Only

Friday 15 to Saturday 23 December 2023

Until 11:00 PM

Wednesday 27 to Friday 29 December 2023

Until 9:00 PM


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  1. Okay, but what is the plan for putting “spending money” in the pockets of consumers??? I’m asking that question on behalf of a friend! And don’t quote me empty political jargons such as “Youth Economy” and “Securiy/Health Tax!

  2. “Truth be told” when you are used to being fioled by the empty jargon you believe that evetyone that cimes after is just ss empty.
    Dont hit Youth Economy… is better than useless renderings and plans that never came into fruition.

  3. “They blame everyone else except their unrestrained habits,” Fitz-Lewis declared” KFC marketing tool.

  4. Christmas is a time of the year when merchants anticipate increased spending after experiencing a sluggish economy and decreased sales throughout the year. Most have not recovered from the impact of covid19, and you telling consumers NOT to shop until they drop, instead of encouraging merchants to offer discounts and incentives to encourage people to shop to have a little extra money circulating in the economy through spending! And these people say they have Doctorates and certificates in business management and economics! SMDH


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