Every summer the rise of temperatures rings in Cocktail season, and I stock up on suitable quality spirits for my bar. I have a preferred online vendor, which has a good selection and good prices, for some of my spirits.
♦ An unexpected obstacle
Alas, this year I experienced an unexpected obstacle: My Germany based vendor's Pay Pal didn't work, because of a bug, and when I asked what was up. I was told, in several calls, a story that I initially got totally wrong. What had happened was this:
In 2011 or so my vendor, and many other German online traders, received an E-Mail, in English, that demanded they drop all their Cuban products, or else lose their PayPal services. It was outright blackmail. Those who didn't, had their Payl Pal accounts frozen. What triggered this was apparently US government pressure on Pay Pal to enforce Helms Burton in Germany, on Germans.
As it went, my vendor then obtained an injunction and Pay Pal settled out of court, agreeing that Pay Pal lifts the freeze of the vendor's account while the vendor sells products from Cuba by other ways (bypassing US entities).
Normally, about US sanctions on Cuba I couldn't care less about. If you fools choose to deprive yourself of quality Cuban rum and cigars, just because you can't get over the Bay of Pigs, or the continued existence of Communism in your neighbourhood - it's your loss, not mine, and if you insist on silly ideas like having Helms-Burton, your hassle, not mine. Or so I thought, and with some reason.