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    Platinum Club - Scam

    Dear All

    This e-mail is issued as a warning to any people who visit Platinum Club.

    We recently visited the Club, which we have been going to on and off since it first opened, with an American supplier. Our intention was to show him the light side of the night life in Moscow.

    We have found in the past that it was a relatively civilised place to take both Clients and suppliers for a bit of harmless fun.

    This time however we were the victims of a scam which according to other friends who have been there recently is not an isolated incident.

    The scam is that they have increased the prices of there drinks and also increase the numbers out of all proportion to what has actually been consumed. We were given a bill of $1,000 for four of us for which we had received 2 whiskies, 5 barcardi colas, 10 B52's, one water, one beer and two tequilas!

    The quantity shown on the bill was not even close to what we had ordered and we were all basically sober!

    In addition they also put @ $500.00 on the bill for drinks for the dancers @ $35.00 for a campari and orange juice. We only authorised two of these!!!!! They had billed them as "cocktails".

    Despite our arguing over the bill we received no satisfaction and were obliged to pay it! This is despite the fact that we have VIP membership of the club.

    We will obviously not be going back and would warn anyone who is thinking about visiting that they will be ripped off!

    Has anyone else had this experience with them recently???

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    Re: Platinum Club - Scam

    Originally posted by ghurka12
    Dear All

    This e-mail is issued as a warning to any people who visit Platinum Club.

    so what is the REAL scam? the email or the platinum club ?

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    The real scam...................

    The real scam is people who take things to lightly when someone is trying to warn others and help them avoid problems in the future.

    I know the guys in question and they are all stand up people. I would advise people to listen and keep this in mind if they decide to venture out. There are way to many places to go so why look for a problem when some one is giving you a good tip.

    Otherwords "Kak" unless you are some how connected to the Platinum wake up and smell the roses but if you are connected then may you have some explaining to do.

    These guys got hit up for some serious bucks and I don't know about you but I work hard for my money and I appreciate them makng everyone aware of the problem.

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    This is a common scam at such establishments in Kiev as well. Better to pay as you go and refuse to buy a girl a drink - you won't get lucky with them anyway so you might as well piss them off. Plus, once the other girls see you refuse 2 or 3 they'll leave you in peace.. Might not make for a "fun" night, but it'll save you from the big bill.
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    Re: Re: Platinum Club - Scam

    Originally posted by kak
    so what is the REAL scam? the email or the platinum club ?
    Now now Kak,
    if i had posted a nasty comment like that about a genuine complaint you would have been all over me with your garlic breath!!
    If there is still anyone on this site who i HAVE NOT annoyed yet, please let me know and i promise i'll get to you as soon as i can!

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    I'm with Kak. A scam at a strip-tease club ? I'm SHOCKED, I tell you, shocked !

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    ...........

    Why doesn't that surprise me

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    The 'buy a girl a drink' scam is among the oldest. I had to fight my way out of a Turkish brothel once...

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    Moral of the story - use caution when going to Platinum Club, or don't go at all (I'll opt for the second option). If I want a strip joint, there are plenty more in the city without me taking the chance on one a fellow expat warned me about.

    Keep in mind, however. You're in Russia. You have to expect this kind of crap to happen, especially if you go to a place like a strip joint. Your eyes must see all sides, ears must hear all directions, and you need to keep checking on your tab if you decide to open one. That's just the way it is.

    However, one little tidbit of info should you want to try it: I always use a credit card to pay my bills at bars and clubs, unless they don't take them. Most of the more prestigous places do. If I am ever in that situation, I will pay the bill if forced to, then call my bank in the states and tell them not to honor the charge because I was "coerced" into it. They'll listen to me as they ALWAYS do, and I'll get it credited back, and then Visa or MC will take the money back from the business the next time(s) there is a charge. That protects me. I've done it before. Also comes in handy when you purchase an item here in Russia (or any other similar country) that ended up being a piece of **** - and you can't get the merchant to take it back.

    Of course with a really high bill, someone else might try to visit you to collect.

    -Ghost
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    1,500 bucks? No wonder they call it the Platinum Club.

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    Re: Platinum Club - Scam

    Originally posted by ghurka12
    Has anyone else had this experience with them recently???
    I think it depends how legless the person/group is, ultimately any place in Moscow will try it on if they think they can get away with it, how legless where you ghurka? because these people never try it on unless they think you've had more than enough, especially for that amount.

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    On a side note, it never ceases to amaze me the profitability and seeming demand for strip clubs. I think what boggles me most is many of the guys think they will actually go home with one of the girls. I wont say it never happens but rarely. In Vegas the strip clubs are getting so big and numerous its amazing to me that they all survive. If that is what your into why not just take the same money and go to a damn brothel or call in 'room service' where you will actually get what you want ?
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    Originally posted by Ghost
    Moral of the story - use caution when going to Platinum Club, or don't go at all (I'll opt for the second option). If I want a strip joint, there are plenty more in the city without me taking the chance on one a fellow expat warned me about.

    Keep in mind, however. You're in Russia. You have to expect this kind of crap to happen, especially if you go to a place like a strip joint. Your eyes must see all sides, ears must hear all directions, and you need to keep checking on your tab if you decide to open one. That's just the way it is.

    However, one little tidbit of info should you want to try it: I always use a credit card to pay my bills at bars and clubs, unless they don't take them. Most of the more prestigous places do. If I am ever in that situation, I will pay the bill if forced to, then call my bank in the states and tell them not to honor the charge because I was "coerced" into it. They'll listen to me as they ALWAYS do, and I'll get it credited back, and then Visa or MC will take the money back from the business the next time(s) there is a charge. That protects me. I've done it before. Also comes in handy when you purchase an item here in Russia (or any other similar country) that ended up being a piece of shit - and you can't get the merchant to take it back.

    Of course with a really high bill, someone else might try to visit you to collect.

    -Ghost
    Sorry, Ghost, I don't usually do it, but I'll take you up on that "you're in Russia" bit. Whilst I agree that this kind of c*ap happens in Russia a bit more often than in Europe, the scam where you have to pay through your nose at a strip-joint is the oldest in the book and always in newspapers in London. So to claim it is something you risk just by being in Russia is somewhat peculiar. Russia is a virgin when it comes to 'legal' scams, such as rip-offs in clubs, auctions of 'cheap' electronics, time-share sales etc. UK must be in the lead on those!

    As for credit card part - I agree with one proviso. They usually would want cash, not plastic. In London they were reports of bouncers frog-marching the hapless customer to a cash machine and force him to extract money.
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    My point was that being in Russia you should expect it - and not just in strip clubs. You cannot tell me that you aren't on more of a state of alert in general when you're in Russia, than when you're home.

    I know I certainly am.

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    Actually, it's an international big city type of scam, it tends to affect out-of-towners, which is basically each and every customer..... If you're entertaining customers you don't need to get drunk to be overcharged, they just figure you won't want to make a fuss in front of them and look cheap.
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