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Published:April 12th, 2011 18:07 EST
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Video: Czech Leader Vaclav Klaus Steals Pen!

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A clip showing Czech President Vaclav Klaus spiriting away a pen during a press conference has become cult viewing on YouTube and inspired a tongue-in-cheek Facebook campaign.

The clip, copied from a report on Klaus`s visit to Chile which was broadcast by public Czech television on Sunday night, was posted on Youtube the same day.

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Klaus, sitting next to his Chilean counterpart Sebastian Pinera, is seen first opening a pen case lying on the table in front of him as the Chilean president gives him an enthusiastic welcome.

He takes the pen out, examines it carefully, hides his hands under the table, shuffles with his jacket, then buttons it up with both hands and finally lets his empty hands emerge above the table again to close the case."

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It would be hard to argue that Klaus absentmindedly slipped the pen into his pocket. It looks like the theft was choreographed by a magician or a pickpocket.

The smug look on the Czech President`s face is a dead giveaway that he deliberately stole the pen.

But there are worse crimes in the world than stealing a pen. I have gazillions of pens in my home and I have no idea where they came from. Unlike Klaus I have never intentionally stolen a pen in my life.

Watch the video, and you decide if the president is a thief or an absent-minded elderly gentleman.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uToMvq3yw2A

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