WHAT NOT TO DO IN A CZECH PUB


In the Service, we used to preface any improbable story with “This is no sh*t…”

Well, this is no sh*t.

A middle-aged man was sitting in a pub in the Czech town of Uherské Hradiště, drinking beer. A younger man came in, sat down next to him, and also began to drink beer.

The older man turned to the new arrival and demanded to know how big his equipment was.

“Bigger than yours,” quoth the younger man, earning himself an open-handed slap from the older man.  The younger man returned it, with interest.

Someone called the police, but the fight was over before they arrived.  The combatants were cited with disturbing the peace and assessed a fine of a cool thousand crowns each.

The police reported that the casus belli apparently remained unresolved, which left strong potential for future clashes.

There are several possible morals to this story, but I can’t think of any.

BTW, in case anyone cares, the Czech expression for “disturbing the peace” is “offending against citizenly amity.”

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About Michael J. Kubat

I'm a grumpy Czech-born clinical social worker who is vitally interested in the survival in the United States as a viable democracy and a beacon of hope for the rest of the world.
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