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Boozer banned: Drunk and disruptive man banned for a year from all Longyearbyen establishments serving alcohol

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An intoxicated Norwegian man has been banned from all nighttime establishments in Longyearbyen that serve alcohol for a year due to confrontational behavior Sunday night at Karlsberger Pub that ended with police ordering him from the premises.

The man’s employer said Monday he has been fired and is scheduled to return to the mainland Wednesday.

Officials were called to the pub when the man, who had a short-term job in Longyearbyen, was obviously intoxicated and refused to stop his disruptive behavior.

“He was wretchedly unpleasant to deal with, so we gave him an verbal order to get away from the center,” Police Chief Lt. Lisbeth Hansen told Svalbardposten.

The man was not facing criminal charges as of Monday morning, but local “nightlife” businesses serving alcohol have an agreement among themselves to ban individuals who behave unacceptably, according to the newspaper. The agreement is several years old, but is rarely used.

“It’s just about behaving,” wrote Steve Daldorff Torgersen, the pub’s owner, in a Facebook message. “It is a human right to have a nice glass of KB! And that’s how it should be.”

The policy means the man will be banned from nearly every restaurant and other social gathering place in town. His departure scheduled departure from Svalbard is related to his employment, not an official action from the governor’s office that allows the exile of people who are financially, physically, mentally or otherwise unable to be self-sufficient.

 

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Mark Sabbatini

I'm a professional transient living on a tiny Norwegian island next door to the North Pole, where once a week (or thereabouts) I pollute our extreme and pristine environment with paper fishwrappers decorated with seemingly random letters that would cause a thousand monkeys with a thousand typewriters to die of humiliation. Such is the wisdom one acquires after more than 25 years in the world's second-least-respected occupation, much of it roaming the seven continents in search of jazz, unrecognizable street food and escorts I f****d with by insisting they give me the platonic tours of their cities promised in their ads. But it turns out this tiny group of islands known as Svalbard is my True Love and, generous contributions from you willing, I'll keep littering until they dig my body out when my climate-change-deformed apartment collapses or they exile my penniless ass because I'm not even worthy of washing your dirty dishes.
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