Bars at popular tourist party island caught selling shots made of used leftover drinks
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Usually if we’re downing a shot of leftover drinks, there’s probably people chanting around us.
Or people watching on and squirming as we lose the game at a party. Or, I guess, maybe, if we’re willing to admit it, we’re just desperate for some more booze and we’ve ran out of our own.
But either way, drinking leftovers is not usually an experience we’d actually pay for - at least knowingly that is.
And bars at a popular tourist party island have been caught doing just that.
Sounds gross, right?
According to local media reports, authorities are cracking down on spots in Kavos, in the south of Corfu.
Turns out, some bartenders there are supposedly using the leftovers of customers’ alcoholic drinks to make shots for new ones.
Kavos is pretty well known for having wild parties, often filled with Brits. Many will go there for a week of simply drinking and dancing in the sun with their friends, drinking all kinds of alcohol and causing havoc.
Local media even refer to it as a ‘no-go zone’ where they claim checks haven’t been carried out for many years.
But between 30 August and 1 September, the Independent Public Revenue Authority AADE and customs auditors were assisted by police officers to raid several bars and restaurants.
They were checking for tax evasion and adulterated drinks in Kavos.
Adulterated drinks are illegal alcoholic drinks that have been illicitly tampered with – so from the likes of diluting them with water, or in this case, disgustingly using leftovers.
Auditors checked if receipts had been issued and registered while custom officials checked if served drinks were clean.
And in something that will make your stomach turn, it was revealed bartenders were collecting leftover drinks in a cannister and then making them into shots for other tourists.
According to Keep Talking Greece, seven establishments were found to serve drinks that didn’t have lot number markings meaning they were smuggled or illegal and potentially adulterated.
Samples were taken and sent to the State General Chemistry.
It was also found that 26 catering businesses didn’t issue at least 40,578 receipts – totalling €267,418 ($288,676).
And two didn’t transmit 1,204 receipts with a total value of €8,252 ($8908).
As a result of the raids and these findings, 28 bars in Kavos were temporarily closed for 48 hours and fines were imposed.
The local media also report that the checks are now set to continue in other tourist areas.