Police in Bicester set up a drug testing station in a pub, and swabbed the palms of every customer before they were allowed to enter. The swab was checked for drug residue. Anyone who tested positive was searched on the spot for possession of drugs. 150 people submitted to the test.
The police explained that it was part of a crackdown on violent street crime. But for some reason, they did nothing to stop the patrons from ingesting the drug that the pub was selling — alcohol — which is often found in the bloodstream of people who commit acts of violence.
The detective in charge said: "The public were very supportive. Many people were saying they wanted to be tested.
The pub managers barred anyone refusing to co-operate with the test from entering.
Det Sgt Steve Duffy, of Banbury CID, said two people tested positive and were searched but not found to be in possession of drugs.
The pair were then banned from entering the pub, but not arrested.
Mr Duffy said: "It went very well. We gained the full co-operation of the management and the customers.
"Everyone was very supportive and compliant.
"We swab people's hands and then that swab is placed into the equipment and it gives a reading of the level of drug residue.