Today I encountered a scam on my first visit to the subway of Prague. I want to disclose it to warn more tourists about the awful scenes you may be caught in Prague.
This afternoon I was heading for the subway station with my friend because we want to find the transportation directions. We don't actually wanted to take the tram. However, as we were just descending in the subway entrance, two uniformed man (may be tram clerks?) flashed towards us. One of them showed us an ID card but we didn't recognize and then asked us for tickets. We explained to them that we weren't tram travelers as we just want to know the traffic direction and we didn't even reach the ticket machine. They didn't listen to us and insisted on an 800 CZK fine for each of us.
During the whole process, they headed towards us and finally forced us to a corner. They threatened us if they called the police, the fine would be 10,000 crowns. After we let them call the police, one of them made a telephone call but after several trials, it didn't get through. We felt threat of personal safety so we agreed to pay the ridiculous fine. They just accepted cash but we hadn't enough Czech crowns so we offered to pay in credit cards. This didn't go through and finally we paid in euros. After receiving the cash, we asked for a receipt but they just fleet away immediately and we couldn't find them any more.
This experience shed a really bad impression of Prague on me. After searching in Google, I find out the subway police in Prague are expert at scamming confused tourists notoriously.
Maybe one day it will be better, who knows? Now I really hate this city.It had messed up all my touring plan in Czech.