Palming a pen

via BBC

A video of the Czech president pocketing a ceremonial pen on a state visit to Chile has become an YouTube hit, attracting 1.5 million views.

The clip shows Vaclav Klaus admiring the jewel-encrusted pen at a news conference with the Chilean president, before discreetly stashing it away.

Chilean officials say that their visitors are free to take the pens after official signing ceremonies.

However the clip has caused an embarrassing media stir for the leader.

Czech TV broadcast the video with red circles and arrows highlighting the pen, which was then posted online with a “crime scene” soundtrack.

I wonder if McCully has ever palmed a pen?


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  • reid

    Yes I imagine he’d be thinking about how to grab the pens that signed the China-NZ FTA out of the case in the RB Museum without being seen, quite often.

  • titanuranus

    Don`t trust any cunt with a red tie.

  • clintheine

    Vaclav Klaus is a fucking legend. His book attacking the global warming idiots is brilliant and he has constantly been a thorn in the side of the EU. I wish we had politicians like him that give a shit about their citizens even if it makes them unpopular.

  • peteremcc

    What Clint said – Klaus is awesome.

    Also, this is a media beat up Cam – the pens are ceremonial, inscribed with information about the signing event and are meant as a gift for each of the signatories. They’re meant to keep them.

    • Don’t care if its a beat up it is still bloody funny.

      • hagues

        Exactly, the look on his face as he thinks he is all sly dog about it is priceless.