Today we read the news that during the holidays the first drunk tank in Great-Britain, outside London, is opened in Bristol. This is a place where drunk people are brought when they had too much to drink. Seems like a social and humain thing to do right? Well how do you feel when we tell you that, if it’s up to the police, drunkards need to pay up to 400 pounds (475 euro’s) after a night in a drunk cell? That’s more than when one would visit the city at Christmas time and spend a night in the Hilton, the Mercure, The Radisson Blu and the Mariott Royal hotel. The plan: get private owned drunk tanks that get their guests handed to them by the British police.
Ah yes, those helpful cops. Apparently their duty to protect and serve does not apply to drunk people. This group would not only be forced to spend the night in what’s probably their most expensive accomodation for a night ever. On top of that they get fines for being drunk and disorderly, which is another 80 pounds (almost 100 euro’s). No presents for little Timmy this Christmas, since daddy is forced to pay huge bills after a night out. Adrian Lee, chief of the Northamptonshire Police says: “I do not see why the police service or the health service should pick up the duty of care for someone who has chosen to go out and get so drunk that they cannot look after themselves.”
Hey mister Lee, here’s a thought: let’s stop protecting women from being raped and elderly from being molested. If they can’t look after themselves, fuck them. Or let’s stop spending money on handicaps. If they can’t look after themselves it’s there problem. In fact, everyone that is not a complete übermensch should be sent away. To drunk tanks or directly to “reeducation camps”. That’s right, mister Lee we compared you to a certain German dictator, so sue us.
Back to being serious. Of course we understand that drunks in the streets can sometimes be a danger to themselves. Nobody should freeze to death. But what do they really need that is so expensive? In Australia they developed a simular system for 200 Australian dollars (130 euro’s) a night. Even though it’s still a rediculous price to pay, it’s already way cheaper than the former motherland. This new hype is coming up in a time that countries like Russia and Poland actually closed down drunk tanks as one of the last communist institutions. Makes you think right?
Now who loves travelling understands the importance of a proper ‘value for money check’ before booking any hotel. So we put some of the main hotels in a ranking for you. All these prices are for a simple room at the first day of Christmas. If anyone ever had the drunk cell experience we would like to hear about the service and extra’s that must have been amazing. Especially if you count in the 80 pound tip for those ‘helpful’ coppers.
Available rooms in Bristol at first day of Christmas :
The Ibis Temple Meads Quay – 39 euro’s
The Holiday Inn North – 45 euro’s
The Holiday Inn Centre – 50 euro’s
The Ibis City Centre – 58 euro’s
The Grange Hotel – 63 euro’s
The Best Western Walton Park Hotel – 63 euro’s
The Mercure Bristol North – 66 euro’s
The Novotel – 70 euro’s
Grasmere Court Hotel – 77 euro’s
The Mercure Bristol Brigstow – 80 euro’s
The Hilton – 81 euro’s
The Radisson Blu – 86 euro’s
The Mariott City Centre – 106 euro’s
The Berkely Square – 120 euro’s
The Mariott Royal – 130 euro’s
Aztec Hotel & Spa – 160 euro’s
Hotel du Vin Bistro – 178 euro’s
The Drunk Tank – 475 euro’s (+ fines)
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