Bar in Riga Old Town comes under spotlight


A Norwegian tourist named Ottar Aune recently spent a weekend in Riga. He went to a bar called Groks in downtown Riga where he had a couple of drinks with some girls sitting there. Later he was given a bill for an enormous sum of money, LVL 2,500 (EUR 3,500), including many drinks he says he didn’t drink. The owners of the travel company Latvijas celvezi, Girts Upenieks and Martins Zaprauskis, say that there is a great deal of information on the Internet about tourists getting cheated at the Groks bar, for example at Inyourpocket.com. They believe that this and other bars are having a negative impact on the image of Latvia and hence also tourism sector as a whole. The police are urging people to come forward if they have information about such incidents in order to investigate and combat such crimes.

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