Barbadians have cheated the National Sports Council (NSC) out of thousands of dollars by tampering with the token-operated lights at its various facilities islandwide.
NSC chairman Mac Fingall confirmed the situation was so widespread that the board had recalled all the tokens and was upgrading the system to ensure the council received more revenue to pay for the electricity used.
And he warned that from next Monday, the lights would be turned off at any of NSC’s 93 facilities where tokens which were not bought from the NSC, were found being used. Similarly, the lights would be turned off at those venues where there was evidence of fiddling with the cubicles that housed the token machines.
“There are several ‘token boxes’ which have no tokens in them, yet the lights at these facilities are regularly turned on,” said Fingall, adding the monthly electricity bills at the NSC’s facilities ranged from $32 000 to $54 000. However, the council had only collected a few hundred dollars for the use of those lights. (SP)
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