President Klaus of the Czech Republic in Australia was due to make a speech at the National Press Club and was on his way for an interview with ABC1's 7.30 - which has its Canberra studio within Parliament House in Canberra. It is a requirement of entry that people go through a security scan with no exceptions. Even our own pollies, who are normally up themselves, comply with this requirement.
But not Mr Klaus. He refused to submit to the scan and was told that he couldn't enter unless he did.
The media tried to intercede, explaining who he was: "The guard's reply was blunt and to the point: 'I don't care who he is, everyone goes through'."
So off Mr Klaus went saying, "I will not go through. I'm leaving. I'm going back to my hotel. If you want to interview me you can do it there".
Now, given that this was a State visit, there are those who might suggest the President was being churlish: what is good enough for the peasants isn't good enough for the President. Or did he have some souvenirs in his pockets, as the ABC report jokingly asks?