Welcome to a shabby Colombian bar called the Pley Club. This windowless, one-story brick building with a tacky neon sign outside is located in a poor area of Cartagena. Little black tables cover a gloomy dance floor. Dancers in tight dresses show off leg and cleavage on a white stage. Last week, 11 of President Obama's Secret Service agents allegedly picked up prostitutes here after some of them got rowdy on expensive beers and whiskey—and refused to pay. "To make it worse, they almost beat up employees who wanted them to pay up," one club worker tells the New York Daily News.
The agents apparently picked "the prettiest" girls, who charge about $180, and took them back to the luxury Hotel Caribe. But when a prostitute went unpaid and a hotel manager intervened, agents started trashing the room: “They were showing their badges saying, ‘Look, look who we are!’ ” a hotel staffer says. “They had huge egos.” One club dancer says that's typical: “A lot of us girls have to put up with tourists like that. It happens every day.” (President Obama is demanding a full investigation.)