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It’s a day ded­i­cat­ed to show­ing love but this year Valen­tine’s Day sales were abysmal in San Fer­nan­do.

On High Street, UNC can­di­date for San Fer­nan­do West Sean Sobers used Valen­tine’s Day to spread love among po­ten­tial vot­ers.

He dis­trib­uted bal­loons and pack­ets of choco­lates. Sobers said the peo­ple of San Fer­nan­do West had suf­fered from ne­glect and many of them felt no hope.

“The peo­ple want change and I am poised to de­liv­er that change,” Sobers said. Asked whether he was us­ing Valen­tine’s Day to so­lic­it votes, Sobers said it was no se­cret that Valen­tine’s Day was about spread­ing love.

“This is what I am do­ing. I am spread­ing love. I want to tell the peo­ple of San Fer­nan­do West that I love them and I ap­pre­ci­ate them be­cause as a peo­ple we are suf­fer­ing from ne­glect and ex­ploita­tion un­der this gov­ern­ment,” he said.

Mean­while, pres­i­dent of the San Fer­nan­do Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion Daphne Bartlett said this year had the low­est Valen­tine’s Day sales she had ever seen.

“Usu­al­ly the streets are filled with peo­ple sell­ing flow­ers and can­dy. Now we hard­ly see­ing any­one sell­ing flow­ers. Peo­ple just can­not af­ford to buy these things any­more. I get the feel­ing that peo­ple are just not cel­e­brat­ing Valen­tine’s Day any­more,” she added.

She not­ed that over 15,000 had suf­fered un­em­ploy­ment and for many fam­i­lies, it was dif­fi­cult pur­chas­ing food. Bartlett said com­mer­cial ex­ploita­tion around this time was a non-is­sue as many busi­ness peo­ple were aware of the dire eco­nom­ic cir­cum­stances and the pow­er peo­ple held when it came to with­hold­ing pur­chas­es.

“Peo­ple are just not buy­ing be­cause they can­not af­ford to,” she added.

Flow­ers ven­dor Wen­dell Mook­lal agreed that sales were very slow this year.

” Very few peo­ple are buy­ing. Last year it was slow but this year it is even worse,” he added.

Fred­er­ick Ramjohn who was seen walk­ing down High Street with two bal­loons said they were bought for his wife. He said the prices were not steep, adding, “When you love some­one the price would not mat­ter. If you can af­ford it, buy it,” he added.

LINK ORIGINAL: The Trinidad Guardian

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