(Yahoo! Tue Apr 12, 12:23 pm ET) As just about anyone who’s ever worked in an office can attest, one of life’s most festering annoyances are people who don’t return pens that they borrow. Now it appears as though Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus may be one of those people, and the citizens of the nation he rules over are none too pleased about it.
You see, Klaus, whose most notable prior controversy was probably his flat rejection of climate change science—a position that he even appeared on Glenn Beck’s show to tour—was caught on video coyly pocketing a ceremonial pen during a recent visit to Chile. What’s more, the brazen stylus heist took place in full view of the media during a ceremony to announce a trade agreement. The video shows Klaus clearly admiring the pen, then slowly moving it into one of his jacket pockets as Chilean President Sebastian Pinera speaks to the assembled members of the media.
Now, Reuters is reporting that some Czech citizens are accusing Klaus of being a kleptomaniac. But the president’s staffers claim that he had every right to take the pen—and that he was, in fact, acting entirely in line with established Czech state protocols. “We at the Prague Castle always give such a pen to delegations, along with a notepad,” presidential spokesman Radim Ochvat told the news agency.
I don’t know what it is about this story that just cracks me up. Clearly this guy has some financial stability being the president of a country and all. Clearly there are tons of people watching this press conference or whatever the hell it is, including several cameras filming. In today’s day in age where anything questionable or funny that is caught on film ends up on the internet, he has got to be smarter than that! It’s a pen bro, like they would have been more than happy to give it to you after the conference was over. You couldv’e stolen it on your way out, instead you made a big point of looking at the fuckin thing during the conference and just making an ass out of yourself trying to sneak it into your pocket and closing the clearly empty box. Now over 1.5 million people have watched you look like an idiot on youtube. Hope that pen was worth the heat your’e catching for it. This type of shit shouldn’t be news, but it is because its just another world leader doing something childish and stupid so check out the video for yourself and see what you think.
A funny sidenote, when you type his name (Vaclav Klaus) into google, the first suggested search is “Vaclav Klaus Gay?”