Seniors get supermarket surprise

CUC picked up the tab for seniors shopping at a local supermarket
CUC picked up the tab for seniors shopping at a local supermarket.-Photo: Stephen Clarke

Seniors shopping on Wednesday and Thursday got a special supermarket surprise when the Caribbean Utilities Company picked up their tab at the counter.

Premier Alden McLaughlin announced the initiative Friday as he addressed the daily COVID-19 press briefing.

“We understand that this goodwill will be extended at another supermarket next week. On behalf of the government and everyone, I believe, thank you,” McLaughlin said as he commended CUC for its act of corporate kindness.

CUC Corporate Communications Manager Pat Bynoe-Clarke told the Cayman Compass that CUC prides itself on giving back to the community and was pleased to spread some joy, given the current COVID-19 situation.

“We have been thinking of how we can positively impact the lives of some of our most vulnerable during this time. So, we decided that for the first hour of shopping for the elderly on Wednesday and Thursday, we would pay for their groceries. We have received great feedback,” she said.

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Those who benefitted only knew when they got to the cash register, Bynoe-Clarke said, adding “they were not only surprised, but grateful”.

She said CUC is also supporting charity ARK (Acts of Random Kindness), which is providing soup to people in need.

CUC’s initiative is just one of many community initiatives from various quarters that has been spreading love and togetherness throughout the Cayman.

Some local businesses have been providing free meals, masks and groceries to those in need.

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  1. Whilst the seniors have benefited, this gesture will have cost CUC a few thousand dollars at most. Given their rising profits over the last several years and the bottom dropping out of the oil market they should be looking at helping out the whole community at this time, particularly those who have lost their jobs. FPL (Florida Power and Light) have just announced a statewide discount of 25% on all customer’s bills for 1 month. I hope CUC have taken note.