There are more embarrassing things Secret Service officials could do than paying for the services of 11 Colombian prostitutes. You could, like these guys allegedly did, do so while bragging about protecting Obama and then create a ruckus when the bill arrives. ABC News' Reena Ninan, Christine Romo, and Mary Bruce have an exclusive report on what allegedly went down the night Secret Service agents, along with possibly 10 U.S. military personnel, visited a Colombian brothel. They report: "Partying at the “Pley Club” Wednesday night, eleven members of the president’s advance team allegedly bragged 'we work for Obama' and 'we’re here to protect him.'”
Yes, we too are puzzled as to why someone would need to impress a companion they are paying with stories of their bravery and valor. But bragging about your importance in the U.S. does make some sense when you realize that these officials haggled and were apparently not happy with the bill:
Sources tell ABC News several of the men agreed to pay for, and received, services from the “highest category” prostitutes available at the club, who charge upwards of $200.
The men paid for the sexual services in advance but when it came time to settle the bill, there was a dispute over the charges.
The group became belligerent and the police were called. The argument between the officials and the bouncers from the club escalated and ultimately spilled onto the street, according to several eye witness accounts.
We aren't familiar with prostitution trends or price points (and the Pley Club's fancy website—now overloaded with traffic—makes our computers break), but ABC's account does coincide with what a New York Daily News report that found. “The gringos got rowdy at the bar. They drank fine whisky and slept with the prettiest ones, the ones that charge 300,000 pesos (about $180),” one club worker told the El Heraldo newspaper of Cartagena, (translated and picked up by NYDN). “Some did not want to pay. To make it worse, they almost beat up employees who wanted them to pay up.”
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