A pub in Sweden has said that water served to a customer instead of vodka was meant to bamboozle would-be burglars. A guest at Harry's Pub in south-central Motala thought there wasn't enough kick in his drink. Taking it upon himself to find out, he ordered a shot of straight vodka - which turned out to be water.
"It wasn't vodka, it wasn't watered-down vodka, IT WAS PURE WATER IN THE SHOT!" the duped drinker wrote on his Facebook page.
The man claims he and his friends doubted the alcohol's attributes after a round of mixed drinks, and went to the bar for a test. He ordered another glass of Redbull and vodka - specifically from the same bottle - and, reportedly noticing the bartender's irritation, proceeded to order a straight shot of vodka from the bottle.
What he got was a shot of plain water, a blunder which the pub has confirmed but claims was a sincere mistake - and a gaffe that only affected one guest. "A rumour is going around that we switched our vodka with water. This is not true," a spokesman for the pub professed. "We happened to have a bottle of water but removed it immediately when we realized it was water. So everyone who has been here has received vodka in their drinks except for that shot."
Staff at Harry's Pub said there was a perfectly legitimate reason for the water-filled vodka bottle. During the past half year, several break-ins occurred, in which some 40 bottles of vodka were stolen. The bottles of water were intended for any would-be burglars, not to cheat clients. "We got tired of it and decided to fill several vodka bottles with water. We have since removed them but apparently missed one," pub owner Daniel Ringström said. "I have spoken with the person and explained. I think the guest overreacted."