Cheap flights have encouraged gangs of young men to leave their dismal homeland and terrorize the streets of European cities rich in culture. And now the notoriously drunk British stag party tourist has a new destination in Eastern Europe: The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. What could possibly go wrong?
(…) Stag parties, however, should be kept away from irradiated ghost towns for safety reasons. According to one recent poll, about 10 percent of Brits who’d been on a stag weekend admit to having been arrested while abroad.
(…) However, the region grew popular among the stag do set because it supposedly had an unlimited supply of three things: cheap beer, gorgeous women (who, the guys still hope, cannot resist the charms of Western men), and what Maximise refers to as “high-octane activities” — like driving tanks, shooting Kalashnikovs, and now, getting a little cesium-137 and strontium-90 exposure.
(…) A few weeks ago, I was awakened at around 5 am by men with English accents singing songs with obscene lyrics and vomiting so loudly in the street I could hear it in my bedroom several stories up. When I pulled back the curtains, I saw five visibly intoxicated 30-something men staggering on the sidewalk opposite my apartment. A stag do in Belgrade.
I watched in horror as one gentleman took his iPhone out and began filming his friend who was spewing vomit.
But the more disgusting behavior came from another member of the group, who announced that he was going to “walk all over these cars”. He proceeded to climb on top of a neighbor’s blue Renault, jumping on the car’s roof like it was a trampoline until he created a craterous dent.
I called the cops, then opened the window and shouted that I was going to have them arrested. It was probably my third or fourth extremely negative confrontation with a stag party.
This kind of bad stag behavior, so typical in cities from Prague to Kiev, is particularly interesting given the anti-Eastern European hysteria sweeping Britain right now. As of January 1, 2014, Romanians and Bulgarians will finally be able to travel freely in Europe and the UK like other members of the EU, and work in Britain if they so choose.