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VIDEO: Did The Czech President Pocket A Pen?

Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus, left, opens a pen box before putting the pen in his pocket as Chile's President Sebastian Pinera speaks in La Moneda, Chile. Roberto Candia/AP hide caption

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Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus, left, opens a pen box before putting the pen in his pocket as Chile's President Sebastian Pinera speaks in La Moneda, Chile.

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First thing is first: Czech President Vaclav Klaus did not steal a pen during a press conference with Chilean President Sebastian Pineda. But a video on YouTube titled "President of Czech Republic steals pen" has been viewed more than 1.5 million times. That's because the way Klaus takes the pen from a box and slyly puts it in his pocket leaves suspicion at best.

Here's the video; we'll let you be the judge:

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The AP reports that Klaus defended the swipe saying it was customary for leaders to keep pens after signing accords. But, the AP adds, the incident has left some in Prague appalled and many others amused. More than 5,000 Czechs went on Facebook to remedy the problem: They have vowed to mail the president thousands of pens.

This reminded us of 2005, when Russian President Vladamir Putin pocketed a Super Bowl Ring that belonged to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Here's how the Boston Globe described the incident at the time:

At a meeting of American business executives and Putin on Saturday in Russia, according to Russian news reports, Kraft showed his 4.94-carat, diamond-encrusted 2005 Super Bowl ring to the Russian president, who, after trying it on, put it in his pocket and left.

It was unclear yesterday whether Kraft intended to give Putin the ring.

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The next day, reported the AP, Kraft clarified that indeed it was gift "presented out of 'respect and admiration.'"