'Curse of the Unpaid Prostitute' Befalls Agents
Secret Service can learn a lot from 'drunken sailors': essay
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2012 1:30 PM CDT
The Hotel El Caribe in Cartagena, Colombia, heart of the Secret Service scandal.   (AP Photo/Pedro Mendoza, File)

(Newser) – Those Secret Service agents in Colombia got what they had coming to them because one in their midst violated a code of honor of sorts, writes a former merchant seaman in the Washington Post: He didn't pay his prostitute. "In my day, seamen were convinced that this was such a serious infraction it could threaten a ship’s survival," writes Roberto Loiederman.

All those legends about sailors visiting ports? Yeah, pretty much true. But while there was debauchery, there was no dishonor on this crucial point—that of avoiding the "curse of the unpaid prostitute," he writes. If those agents had "followed the same ethical standards as the drunken sailors I used to work with, there would have been no confrontation, and they might still have their jobs." Read the full column here.

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Apr 28, 2012 4:51 AM CDT
How do you make a hormone? Don't pay her, and wipe you pecker off on her dress
Apr 27, 2012 11:20 PM CDT
WOW, this one ISN'T the Krugman one, after all!
Apr 27, 2012 5:56 PM CDT
I thought this was a rule that everybody knew - if you are doing something illegal, keep the people who know about it happy. Keep your hooker happy, keep your bookie happy, keep your dealer happy, keep your local mob guy happy.