I was recently contacted by a reader of the blog who used to be a barman here in Prague. Its a popular tourist myth that you can just pick up from a bartender here which is rehashed by clueless journalists who are not in the know, but in fact, its not like that in reality.
And why? Well read this story from X, an Italian who was bartending here.
Hey Jade, i love your blog and like u show information to the peoples. i had some problem lately and polce was threatening me a lot ..lately so people should know it. before i was wrking for a club, and the manager was selling me to police, coz ..u already know how is working here, and barman watched all time. They...following me continuosly before..not now..but i m not a dealer, only a ganja lover for a periods..coz i was working for clubs..they following me continuosly..like persecution without finding nothing..coz i have not
first time..they come to pick up me in a restourant...second time when i was relaxing/drinking in chapeao rouge i make public relations..so..i m everywere but i know really were every rules..believe me. but they..i means everybody..first police..no kind..and the first time i was in carcer one night. they r two twins..maybe u know them...
the police man ..the same one of the twin..threatening me to send me direcly in Italy back..i was speacking with my lowyer..she sayd..out of mind..but..here ..corruption..u know better than me and he said me..: next time i find u with some any drugs..u ..finished!!! they was no kind with me, still i have sign in my hands from february becouse of the handcuffs..bringed me in Visherad carcer like at 140 km/h..like i m a terrorist they..completely fuckt up..i know....
can see from the protokol on the right, X knows what he is talking about. With bartending being the most popular expat job next to teaching, Your local barman knowing the police are watching him and threats of deportation over his head, means he is NOT going to be overly interested in selling weed to a stranger.
Barman watched all time..........coz i was working for clubs..they following me continuosly..like persecution without finding nothing
The protokol (criminal charge) that was given to 'F' after he was found with 18g of weed on him. As a barman, he is a prime target of police attention in Prague.
the policeman..... threatening me to send me direcly in Italy back.....