A sixty year old Canadian citizen who has fallen on hard times while vacationing here, is seeking public assistance to get back home.
Wayne Parsons has become a familiar sight in some areas, begging for handouts.
“I ask people on the streets for money in order to eat, but it never adds up to enough so that I can buy a plane ticket” he explained.
Parsons told St Lucia Times he arrived here on November 20, 2017 for a vacation and stayed at a Guest House in Rodney Bay.
He said he was due to return on November 27, but decided to stay longer in a bid to miss ‘the brutal winter in Canada.’
“My pension, $EC 2600 per month – the last time I was paid was December 21,” the Canadian visitor explained.
He disclosed that when he checked with the authorities in Canada in the new year, he was told that he could not be away from the country for more than thirty days and that his pension was suspended.
Parsons said he was advised to return to Canada to reinstate his pension.
“I said: ‘But I am stuck here. I have no money. I have no plane ticket. Can you just give me one more payment? I will come up there, come to your office and get my service reinstated,” the retired salesman told St Lucia Times.
He said despite his pleadings, the situation did not change.
Parsons said this is his second visit to Saint Lucia.
He told St Lucia Times that a Good Samaritan has allowed him to stay in a room at Goodlands that has no electricity and contains used tyres.
The Canadian visitor said he was given a make-shift bed and a pillow.
Asked about relatives back home who could assist him, Parsons said he had already contacted them without success.
“I have a daughter that’s on a pension. But she is so poor with money that she has to have a trustee to give her an allowance every week, because she cannot manage money on her own.”
According to Parsons, he would be most grateful if Saint Lucians can assist him to get back home.
To compound matters, he said he has lost his mobile telephone.
Parsons usually frequents the Castries Market every morning from about 7.am.
He indicated that he is considering launching a GoFundMe campaign.