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cocktail seller 4The sun is shining and the popular Levante beach is bustling with British holidaymakers over the extended UK May bank holiday weekend. Sadly this means that the ‘mojiteros’ – or illegal cocktail sellers are also out in force and doing an exceptionally brisk trade today.

Girl with half empty cupOver a one-hour period today I managed to spot numerous men touting their toxic wares up and down the beach, with unfortunately many takers! One young lady, laying on her sunbed with luggage nearby was obviously enjoying her last few hours, clutching a half empty plastic tumbler.

paying for her cocktailI stopped a gent walking down the prom with a half empty one and asked if he had bought it from the vendor or a bar - usually it is the ladies that fall for this I must say. He had handed over €5 to one of the illegal vendors and I proceeded to inform him of the conditions they were prepared in.

CustomerDirty alleyways, on the floor and extra supplies stored in sewage drains, after which he sensibly placed it in a nearby bin. Each polystyrene tray holds around €30-€40 worth and they were going back and forth replacing stock on a regular basis, with no sign of any police whatsoever.

cocktail seller 3It has been all over social media – the age group that are generally the ones buying these drinks and also in the UK tabloids on more than one occasion, so shocking that they all appear totally unaware of the risks they are putting themselves in by consuming them – at best just an upset tummy!

cocktail seller 1As tempting as these bright red or orange tumblers look, with straws and pieces of fruit just pop to one of the numerous bars along the front and buy a proper drink, made in hygienic conditions... there certainly isn't a shortage of bars along that stretch of beach.

empty trayI even managed to snap one heading back with his empty tray along the prom - obviously going back to get more supplies to sell to the sadly gullible Brits who actually believe that they are from the bars as I have seen them pointing to them when talking to buyers!



0 #9 Lisa Swarbreck 2019-05-27 14:45
I think these are cocktails to avoid !!
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0 #8 Jackie Breslin 2019-05-27 14:44
Mandy MacAoidh these people buy stuff in the supermarket. They make them on the steps at tiki beach. No hygiene no measure just anything they get there hans on goes into these
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0 #7 Mandy MacAoidh 2019-05-27 14:43
Can someone give me information on this as a Benidorm newbie, is it random people selling alcohol??
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0 #6 Marj Byrne 2019-05-27 10:54
You should see where they make them back ov filthy vans puck
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0 #5 Jan Bitter 2019-05-26 20:37
I was there last week and every time police came past they lay on the sand and rolled under the edge of the sunbed.
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0 #4 Vici Crole 2019-05-26 16:09
f only people knew what actually went into them...
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0 #3 Tina Mcdonnell 2019-05-26 15:42
God.. disgusting
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0 #2 Janette Mulryan 2019-05-26 15:36
I'm in benidorm right now.never buy them nasty.oh I'm Irish by the way lol
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0 #1 Christina Webb 2019-05-26 15:16
Well lets hope the young lady with the suitcase is near the bathroom on the plane
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