They say that honesty is the best policy, but probably not when you are begging for money for drugs! This tourist couple set up camp today in the middle of the afternoon on the main street running through the historic Old City of Dubrovnik, Stradun, and were painfully honest why they were begging. With a sign that read “for beer and weed” the duo was snapped by a passer-by.
In recent years we have seen more and more visitors to Dubrovnik travelling on a tight budget. Hostels have sprung up like mushrooms after the rain, and even these are too costly for some backpackers who chose to set up camp by the side of the road or in a public park. But such blatant begging on the streets of the city is extremely rare, and to beg for money for alcohol and marijuana is unheard of.
We can only presume, and indeed hope, that the couple were moved on by the city inspectors, or even the police fairly sharply. When the City of Dubrovnik launched the campaign “Respect the City” we are pretty sure that this is not what they had in mind.