Barbados: Saint Lucian wounded in panty sale row

Barbados Today:-A young St Lucian woman who entered a lingerie store on Swan Street earlier this week to make a purchase, got more than she bargained for.

Danvela Emmanuel, who was in Barbados on vacation with four friends, told District ‘A’ Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant that she ended up suffering a wound to the head after she got into a verbal dispute with the store manager, 32-year-old Janeil Tranette Christopher of Reservoir Road, Lodge Hill, St Michael.

During the heated exchange, Christopher allegedly threw a “scotch tape holder” and a staple machine at the visitor who said she had entered the Bridgetown store around 5 p.m. with her friend and after finding the undergarment that she was searching for, decided to purchase it.

Her friend, who wanted a similar panty, decided to try on the piece of lingerie.

It was then that they reportedly turned to Christopher, who was operating the cashier machine, for assistance. However, she was apparently busy conducting a card transaction for one of two other customers.

After waiting for “15 minutes”, Emmanuel said she decided to ask the cashier whether she could pay for her purchase in cash as she had exact money.

“She told me to wait,” Emmanuel said.

The St Lucian visitor then turned to her friend and said in creole; “after we waiting so long she is rude in her mother ***.”

It was then that Christopher informed Emmanuel that she had understood what had been said, and two women began trading insults in creole.

At that point that Emmanuel decided she no longer wanted the garment and “threw it on the counter”.

“I walked away and felt something hit me to the back of my head. When I turned around and looked on the floor I saw the scotch tape holder. I picked it up and sent it back at the cashier, but it miss,” she told the magistrate.

“My friend then came and pushed me and a staple machine came flying right next to us,” she added.

On exiting the store, Emmanuel realized she was bleeding and reported the matter to police.

As a result, Christopher was charged with unlawfully and maliciously wounding Emmanuel on August 5.

During a lengthy cross-examination by Christopher’s attorney Vonda Pile on Wednesday, Emmanuel was adamant that even though she threw the garment on the counter while it was still on its hanger, she never hit Christopher. However, she did admit to asking for her item to be cashed before two other customers who were ahead of her.

Her friend and witness corroborated her story.

However, when the case resumed in the No.2 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court this morning the St Lucian visitor, who was scheduled to take the stand for a second time, was a no show.

The matter, which is being prosecuted by Station Sergeant Glenda Carter-Nicholls, was therefore adjourned until November.


  1. Lime Juice
    August 11, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Danvela Emmanuel? Sounds like a student that used to be in Ciceron. I hope it’s not who I think it is

  2. Paying Attention
    August 11, 2017 at 10:56 am

    This is a message for all nationalities. We keep assuming that the person we are ‘letting having it’ in our native language, does not understand. There are too many apps teaching languages to take such chances. Besides, there are so many Bajans from Saint Lucia.

    Last year I met a white Australian lady while in transit at Grantley Adams Intl. She spoke patois. Her parents are from Saint Lucia. Imagine my surprise.

    Still, she should have extended your stay continue the process. Probably not the first person this happened to in this store.

  3. Bilingual
    August 11, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Not even creole is sacred anymore lol careful now you never know who speaks lang mamaw

  4. Paying Attention
    August 11, 2017 at 11:13 am

    I am thinking too, the stapler was meant for the friend who tried on the panty. Nobody does that. And you all making us look bad here in Saint Lucia. We know you don’t do that. You try on bras. Not panties.

    1. victoria secret
      August 11, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      Why you try on silky panty? What happen if you leave nasty brown skid mark from your “mud-hole”? Who going buy that after?

    2. in discreet store owner
      August 11, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      Yes I understand she shouldn’t have try it but if there was assistant in the first place they would have said that to the customer some ppl run her business an believe the customer has to buy an the want to be rude to u she lucky the girl was calm cause if was someone else she might have bieng hurt back at I’ve seen it my self u enter stores an its like u have to beg for assistant the need a customer service class I know the customer isn’t always right but she put or send the item back on the counter u to rude to hit the person with your staple machine any way she must be saw advantage trust me

  5. Anonymous
    August 11, 2017 at 11:14 am

    I mean come on you are a visitor u have a choice to wait or turn ur back and go or to simply wait…and visitor or citizen the same rules apply….and this creole insult always second nature to lucians eh…. seriously? This was unbecoming….it’s time we grow up….this world is modern…. having or learning another language is essential to social living these days….by the way that cashier self shud b banned from that position…jusso to do da girls dat? Unacceptable behavior

    1. Paying Attention
      August 11, 2017 at 11:40 am

      I suspect in the end, the girl said something that really burn her.

  6. Paying Attention
    August 11, 2017 at 11:38 am

    We all make mistakes.

    This is a fair warning to all people everywhere. Be careful when you ‘giving people their business’ in a different language. Bet she would not have tried that in Martinique. I met a white patois speaking Australian at Grantley Adams Intl last year. Apparently, her parents are Saint Lucian. Technology too has closed many gaps.
    And the customer may be right but not always justified. Cursing for standing on a line like somebody forcing you to buy a panty which you cannot get anywhere else. Now, for a panty, you have to go and get cross examined for two days – a panty. That just there, seems fishy. However, you probably have a reason for not extending your stay to get justice. Afterall, you didn’t even aim properly and knock her back … what a defeat. I look forward to hearing what happens in November.
    If she is the one involved is fashion, it’s a good thing she didn’t get knocked in the face. That would be sadder.

  7. Vieux Neg
    August 11, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Here again we see the typical Lucian “Culture” at work. We don’t want to wait our turn nor take the line. Even when we travel we still expect others to accommodate our nasty bad habits.
    Notwithstanding, at her age she should know that trying out panties is a NO-NO. Would she want panties with another woman’s car-car-lack juices on the crutch?
    B’dos please forgive her. That isn’t a representation of us Lucians. Just a stray.

    1. Selah
      August 13, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      Well said Vieux neg..I totally agree with your comment!!

  8. Anonymous
    August 11, 2017 at 11:56 am

    What a life full of surprises

  9. Anonymous
    August 11, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    String panty, scotch tape holder, staple machine, Creole insults, burst head…..what a mess of a melee.

  10. victoria secret
    August 11, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    I think that the Scotch tape holder was mean’t for the crazy bitch pulling on those panties.
    It was supposed to be used as a “gasket” between her “mud flaps” and the silk garment. Nobody wants your stinky juices on their unsold panty.

  11. Anonymous
    August 11, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    LOL. Loosans think Bajans eh know patois. Half of dem parents is loosans.

  12. Amie dodo
    August 11, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    We Lucian’s quick to judge but still the Barbadian had no right to throw the staple at her ,so she was wrong to curse ,but the Barbadian was wrong very wrong to hit her,a a,choopse tan

    1. in discreet store owner
      August 11, 2017 at 5:52 pm

      Exactly I never hear u hitting a customer Smh u could’ve ask security to escort them out but u sending thing’s behind the customer she if one lucky cashier to to still be alive I think she saw advantage

  13. Anonymous
    August 11, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    I vex I spend so many years there never in a row row you all young people just messing our Luciano name not even here you can try panties and bra

  14. Anonymous
    August 11, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Maybe she tried on the panty and was mensurating.

  15. Anonymous
    August 12, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Store owner had no dam right to hit her..she is out of Order.she need to know her darn place..copa way zour.she should count her blessings..every lizard knows which tree 🌴 to climb..she. Curse your mother. Curse back herse..all she had to do was make the girl pay for her panty.

  16. Willow
    August 12, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Most of u r missing the point though…the cashier had no right hurling an item at the customer. That’s ridiculous!

    1. Anonymous
      August 12, 2017 at 11:46 am

      The charge was unlawful and malicious wounding which was evident in the wound the St Lucia get.unfourtunately this was a cowered big mouth St Lucia who was afraid to stand up for her dare a Bagan woman feel she can do a stlucians customer that.she think Lucian Bagan should have been have been taught a lesson in court.but the soft stlucians get more scared of the woman in court she rum

      1. Still Looking
        August 12, 2017 at 1:31 pm

        We are hearing only the visitor’s side.

        In what manner was the customer told to wait that warranted the profanity against the manager? Was the manager sitting on her butt doing nothing?

        Did the manager concede that she was not hit by the hangers? It is after the hangers were thrown that the holder was flung.

        Did the Saint Lucian not return to court because she received cash settlement?

        If the situation is so black and white, why are two days needed to cross examine just the Saint Lucian?

        There are multiple issues to consider here.
        Customer service.
        Emotional intelligence of employees.
        Courteousness of visitors.
        Customers’ feeling of entitlement and rights.
        Impatience and intolerance.

        They are both wrong. Yet we cannot expect people not to react to our words. The manager wasn’t wrong and strong. The visitor was. If she was told to wait, which she did not want to, well put the panty back.

      2. Anonymous
        August 14, 2017 at 1:41 am

        or get your head burst? SMH

  17. Anonymous
    August 12, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    STill Looking……..doesn’t matter who the hell is the Manager. she God…have you heard the term freedom of Speech are you serious..if the manager had put your blood out..wonder what you would do or say…That manager knows which tree to embark..who the hell is She and her mother.if it was …me…she would think twice before doing that to someone else…Stick’s and Stones.sure she would not see any one me

    1. Still Looking
      August 23, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      Anonymous, relax. Put the smartphone down and think for yourself before you ’embark’ (really…embark) up the wrong tree like Danvela.

      The article said the store ‘manager’ was assisting customers paying by card. I would hope that this is within your experience. You have seen this before haven’t you? Did you behave like the young lady? You’re just talking. You would grumble. You would put the panties back. You would wait your turn for those ‘to-die-for-‘ panties. Don’t come here and pretend otherwise.

      My blood would not be out because I would not be hassling myself over a panty. In fact, I would know better than to use unwarranted obscenity. And if I realized the manager understood what I said, I would have backed down. There was no point to this. She ended up in trouble because of her mouth. We all can be rude. Most of us choose when and how. Common sense. We are suppose to be a higher order of animals.

      ….Shite! Just wasted 30 secs of my life.

  18. Anonymous
    August 12, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Well react with words too.too indiscreet

    1. MayBe
      August 23, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      She reacted with words. Notice it is after the hanger was flung that the stapler tape holder was flung. Why is there a stress that she did not hit the manager? Probably because the manager is claiming that she was hit. Does this seem like a two day cross examination case?

  19. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
    August 12, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    AA…meee roro oui

  20. nasty
    August 13, 2017 at 8:05 am

    people does try panty sack ! (in diana mothers voice)

  21. Anonymous
    August 14, 2017 at 10:40 am

    If the lucian had know that she would get hit.she should have tried on all the panties

  22. Jay
    August 16, 2017 at 9:45 am

    You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know you should not try on a panty….additionally stop speaking patois culturally we seem to love to do this. If she was the victim why did she fail to show up to conclude her case.