Teenager wants compensation for slap in the face at work

POSTED: 04/24/12 11:50 AM

St. Maarten– Seventeen year old Michel Monfils got a nasty surprise on Saturday morning at his work. The teenager, who started working six weeks ago as a shop attendant at Super Plaza, got into a conflict with an elder colleague called Vicky over a seemingly innocent difference of opinion. Monfils says that the man slapped him in the face. Now he wants justice: he wants his assailant to pay compensation.

The incident happened on Saturday morning around nine thirty. Two heavy boxes had to be carried to the store’s second floor. Monfils says that Vicky, who does not have a supervising position at the store, ordered him to carry both boxes. When he refused, saying that he was only able to carry one at a time, the man slapped him in the face.

The teenager called the police, only to hear that he had no case because there were no witnesses. A request to the Super Plaza management to discuss the matter was initially turned down, but later management agreed to meet. This meeting still has to take place.

Monfils said that he has not gone back to work since the incident because he is afraid of his attacker.

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