Recollections from the club

John

I was initially approached to enter the club by a person on the street and they led me there. Once I was in the club, I was greeted by another person who took me to my seat in a booth in a public room. Once seated, I was approached by a dark-haired woman who sat close to me and made very interesting conversation.

She had knowledge of Krakow, and talked about the dance clubs, restaurants, Salt Mines and skiing in Zakopane. As I had only just arrived in Krakow, this was all very interesting conversation for me. I was asked to buy a drink for myself, and then also the dark-haired woman to keep her company. The price of the drink for the dark-haired woman was clearly inflated, but I realised I was also buying her company, so consented to pay the price. In addition to the drinks I ordered, some cherry vodka was offered, which I was told was complimentary (free).

After some further conversation, I was invited to a private room for a lap dance. I asked the price and was advised that the price would be 120 pln for 10 minutes, which I accepted. This was the last money I expected to pay at the club.

Once in the private room, I tried to pay by cash but was told that only card payment was accepted. I said initially that card payment was not possible, and that I was surprised that paying for services using polish currency was not possible in Poland. At this time, I should have been very suspicious, but unfortunately, unfamiliar with culture and customs here, not having heard of such a scam before, and after consuming a (potentially spiked) drink, which I did not order or pay for, I was not as suspicious as I should have been.

The women got upset when I refused to pay by card. They said they could give me a much lower price if I paid by card, and that if they broke the rules and accepted cash payment, they would get in trouble with their boss. After some time, I consented and agreed to pay by card.

For each time I tried to pay by card, I was told that the transaction had been declined and that we could tell when the transaction had been declined because the declined receipts showed a black stripe on them. At one point, I asked to see a receipt so I could translate the receipt text on my phone, as I could not understand why my card would decline. The translation of the text on the receipt I was given did say that my card was declining according to google translate.

I also queried the NZD text on the receipt as I was concerned that I was potentially being charged in my local currency. The women assured me that the NZD meant that I was using a New Zealand card only and that the charge we were attempting to make to the card would only be charged in PLN.

At this point I attempted to log into my internet banking account, to see what the issue with payment was. My bank will have a record of this login attempt. However, I had recently changed my banking password and my phone recalled the old password, which locked me out of my account so I could not see what was happening.

I was delayed in the room as we attempted to sort out payment. During this time, the women provided further complementary drinks, which I began to decline, as I did not want to get drunk.

Finally, after we were not able to make a ‘successful’ payment, the women suggested we go to the ATM, which we did. They advised me I owed them 1000 pln, which I felt was more than what they said I would owe them, but by this time I just wanted to go back to my accommodation, so I preferred to pay, avoid further trouble, and part ways.

In addition, the dark-haired women and I had discussed meeting on Friday to go skiing in Zakopane and to a steak restaurant that she recommended to me.

At 5:01 am on Thursday morning, only minutes after I had left the club, I sent the dark-haired women (to a fake number now I’m sure) a text message saying.

“Lovely to meet you tonight. I’m sorry payment was so difficult. Please come join me for steak and maybe skiing on Friday”.

Chris

Arrived at club after girls at the door asked us in. Once in I remember being at the bar getting a drink then literally nothing for hours until I was walking around krakow disorientated the following morning.

Abraham

I was walking on the city center, after I drink some beers in some pub clubs I decide to go back to the apartment that I rent by AIRBNB, it was right in front of the main square. When I was walking to it a girl approach to me and invited me to have a drink with her in a club, I accept and she brings me to the club. Then I notice that it’s a strip club, but anyway I accept to get inside and take a look before going to sleep, when I was there a woman sits by my side, and start a conversation, I ask to have a beer, and a men come with my beer but also with two shots of something that appears to be vodka, they said they are for free, to be honestly I don’t use to drink vodka in shots, that’s something weird of where I come from. So I don’t drink them, and after a few minutes talking with the woman, she ask me to drink the shots, I say no thanks because I don’t use to drink vodka and no either in shots, then she says something like “oh come on” and approach the drinks to my mouth, she makes me drink them in a fast way, the last thing I remember clear is that I wanted to vomit those shots, but I think I didn’t, and after that I don’t remember almost anything, the day after that I feel like a low capacity to think, I almost can’t talk, my mind was blacked out, I had everything with me but my credit cards wasn’t as I use to have them on my wallet, so I call the banks and both banks told me that my cards was charged with almost 10 000 €! They charge my cards until they get empty, including a credit card of the company that I work to.

Israel

I went to the club convinced by a public relations in the street. Once I got inside I paid for a beer (I can say that all the time I was there they offered me additionally a lot of alcohol). Then a girl sat down close to me, in order to seduce me. I paid for one drinks girl. Until here everything was charged correctly and in Zloty.

After the girl offered me a private service in a private room. I was very drunk and at the beginning I did not want to accept. Finally she arrived to convince me and I paid for that service. The public relations told me that the price was 640 zloty so I agreed. The party continued and they told me I had to pay again around 400 zloty. At that moment, fortunately, the charge was refused by the bank. The girl told me that I could go to an ATM and withdraw 40 zloty, coming back and paying cash in order to continue with her. I did that and when I went back they had made everything disappear and the girl was not in the private room. The manager girl told me that time was expired and we argued. Finally I left the Club.

The day after I realized that instead of charging me 640 zloty they charged me 640 euros.

Michael

I entered the strip club around 5:30am. I purchased a 50pln drink special for beer which included a free shot. I paid for this on CC (right from the start they charged me 800pln without me realising), the next few hours were extremely blurry and I can barely remember anything. When I eventually came too I was told I owed a massive sum which I said I couldn’t pay - so they took all my cash (900pln off me). When I got home I saw that 5000AUD/17000PLN was missing from my card.

Dries

We went for dinner. After dinner we visited VIP club. We were there with a group of 20 people, but we didn’t really like it. Most of us left. I stayed behind, together with 2 other friends. We were not drinking at all. After a while my 2 other friends left, but i don’t remember much of that. I stayed behind. I was taken to a private room. They were pushing us to drink little shots from the moment we entered. I’m not the type of guy that gets drunk very soon. I was really sick the next few days, not like a normal hangover. I remembered, I paid a few times with my bank card and that the waitress was telling me that the transactions failed – so I entered my pin code a few times. Afterwards, it looked like I used 3 bank cards to pay. For 1 of those cards, the transaction was rejected. I also remember the staff in the club took my wallet and tried to use mu bank cards themselves. At the end, the club paid for the taxi to the hotel.

Carl

Went in with a friend. Got taken to a room for a private dance, In there i payed for a drink and they gave me a free shot, i had to enter my pin number a couple of times as the first time it got ‘declined’ another drink later and a couple more shots i remember entering my card pin again unkowingly i was being drugged…Awful expierence as the next day i still hadn’t realised the outcome and i collapsed on the floor, Never felt like that before in my life, It was’t until the next day i checked my bank balance i noticed they had taken out the money.