A number of businesses along the top section of Knutsford Boulevard in New Kingston have been bemoaning the behaviour of some men who are said to be homosexuals who use the corridor for the hanging of clothing, sleeping, loitering and other activities.
Delroy Collington, speaking on behalf of one of the establishments along the corridor, said the men are devaluing the businesses and that they are considering closing down because of their behaviour.
"They pose a whole heap of threat. They are devaluing the businesses. I told one of them who was sleeping to get up and I had to hit him with a piece of board after he was peeing at the door. Dem bigger than the police. The hit cost me $10,000 in court. The chain line (used to separate a parking section) they use to hang up clothing. We are near closing down because of them. Believe me the police afraid of them," he said.
Collington also added that it has become a nuisance and that people are having a hard time dealing with the men's behaviour. He said one morning he saw one of the men lying down and hugging another man.
Just a few steps away, a senior staff member at one of the money businesses also expressed concern over the way the men were behaving. While she acknowledged that the men's sexuality had nothing to do with her, it is their attitude and behaviour she cannot stand.
"There have been challenges. The clothing and the rowdy behaviour would deter anybody. We are not fighting against anyone's sexuality; it's just that the behaviour is distasteful. I have complained about it to a guy who had his clothes hanging on the chain. They are loitering and we are asking the police to do something about that," she said.
A sub-officer at the New Kingston Police Post said they have been receiving complaints from businesses with regards to the behaviour of these homosexual men.
"Several businesses are complaining about them. We have reports and it never stops. Loitering is not so much an offence you arrest them for, you just chase them away," the officer said.
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