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    Drunk Brits Told to Stay Away

    ...I wonder if the Dutch campaign would be effective in Pattaya...or anywhere else this plague descends:

    Amsterdam launches stay away ad campaign targeting young British men





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    By Anna Holligan
    BBC News, Amsterdam

    Amsterdam has warned rowdy British sex and drug tourists to "stay away".


    A digital discouragement campaign targeting men aged 18 to 35 in the UK is being pushed out by the Dutch city's council.


    The initiative forms part of efforts to clean up Amsterdam's raunchy reputation as Europe's most liberal party capital.


    Typically blunt, the videos show young men staggering in the street, handcuffed by police, finger-printed and having their mugshots taken.



    The online ads, highlighting the risks associated with the excessive use of drugs and booze, will be triggered when people in Britain tap in terms like - stag party, cheap hotel or pub crawl Amsterdam.


    The message is uncompromising - a long weekend in Amsterdam may create the wrong kind of memories, the escapism you crave in the renowned party capital could result in inescapable convictions.



    Brits can find return flights to Amsterdam for 50 (€57; $62).


    UK-based travel agencies also offer stag weekends in Amsterdam, including canal boat cruises with unlimited booze, "steak and strip" nights and red light district pub crawls.


    For years people have complained of drunken Brits urinating in public, throwing up in canals, stripping off and engaging in drunken brawls.


    This is not a new phenomenon. Almost a decade ago, Amsterdam's then mayor invited his London counterpart Boris Johnson, who had described the city as "sleazy", to see for himself what Brits got up to.


    "They don't wear a coat as they slalom through the red light district… they sing 'You'll never walk alone'. They are dressed as rabbits or priests and sometimes they are not dressed at all. I'd love to invite him to witness it," Eberhard van der Laan said at the time.


    Critics argue the targeted ad campaigns are discriminatory and are based on unfair stereotypes.



    In the Netherlands, coffee shops are allowed to sell cannabis as long as they follow certain strict conditions, like not serving alcoholic drinks or selling to minors.


    "They might come for the weed but they stay for Van Gogh," Joachim Helms, owner of the Greenhouse coffee shop, told me.


    He nodded towards a woman in her 60s and pointed out his clientele came from all social and economic walks of life, arguing that attempts to exclude some based on their age and gender violated the principles of freedom, tolerance and equality that Amsterdam prided itself on.



    Image caption,Joachim Helm's coffee shop has been visited by many stars, including Miley Cyrus, Snoop Dogg, Rihanna and Justin Bieber

    But the narrow, cobbled, bike-laden streets and canals are under pressure.


    Amsterdam is one of the world's most visited cities. Around 20 million visitors - including a million Brits - visit the city, which has a population of approximately 883,000, every year.


    But over-tourism is testing the locals' tolerance and has compelled the council to act.



    Larger-than-life billboards displayed in the red light district show photos of residents, with words reminding visitors: "We Live Here".


    The council is in the process of moving the famous neon-lit windows, where sex workers parade for trade, out of the residential heart of the capital to a new "erotic zone".


    Whispers about banning the sex trade entirely have faded for now. Instead, more stringent operating rules are being introduced.


    Starting this weekend, brothels and bars will have earlier closing times and a ban on smoking cannabis on the streets in and around the Red Light District comes into force in May.

    There is still debate about whether tourists should be banned from the Dutch capital's cannabis cafes.


    Amsterdam's mission is to make the industry less seedy, more sustainable, and the city, more liveable.


    But many locals living in the tall narrow townhouses that line the 17th-Century canal rings tell me it is not the young men who are the problem but the sheer numbers.


    "It feels like we're living in Disneyland or a zoo," the Visser family told me.


    Deputy Mayor Sofyan Mbarki said Amsterdam was already taking more management measures than other large cities in Europe.


    "Visitors will remain welcome but not if they misbehave and cause nuisance," he added.


    People have been responding to the anti-tourism campaign on social media, with one man joking it "looks more like a commercial to me" and another remarking it was a "mystery why 18-35 [year olds] would be attracted to a city with legalised drug cafes and brothels".


    Others seem sceptical of the campaign, with one woman writing: "They want to make money with families and museums but they know it's weed and red light that keep the city running."
    Majestically enthroned amid the vulgar herd

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    Kind of like eradicating rats . . . bu there's too many of them.

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    cheap travel and greedy operators have unfortunately enabled the uneducated unsophisticated uncouth unworthy lower orders, i.e. the poor, to export their gutter habits to far flung and not so far flung lands. amsterdam is a magnet for the gormless drunken drugged up british underclass, as is spain portugal and eastern europe.

    gone are the days when decent upstanding brits could travel safe in the knowledge that whilst enjoying their trip they were unlikely to encounter the sort of worthless scum usually found on the decrepit council estates and vomit strewn city streets that blight the uk.

    good on amsterdam and portugal for shaming this medieval british demographic, the extermination of whom would be welcomed by many.
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    Prob heard the canal street crawler aka Itsy-Bitsy-Teeny-Weeny+Chity-Tipsy stag crewe due

    There's little Joe with Clogs on

    Where?

    On the stair, right there.

    Schmokin' naar Mokum


    windmill in old amsterdam (I saw a mouse) Ronnie Hilton - YouTube

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    cheap travel and greedy operators have unfortunately enabled the uneducated unsophisticated uncouth unworthy lower orders, i.e. the poor, to export their gutter habits to far flung and not so far flung lands. amsterdam is a magnet for the gormless drunken drugged up british underclass, as is spain portugal and eastern europe.
    Dont the same also apply to other nationalities ? Aren't cheap tickets available to the "uneducated unsophisticated uncouth unworthy lower orders " in other European countries?
    I think there is something else at play here, what it is I don't know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    cheap travel and greedy operators have unfortunately enabled the uneducated unsophisticated uncouth unworthy lower orders, i.e. the poor, to export their gutter habits to far flung and not so far flung lands. amsterdam is a magnet for the gormless drunken drugged up british underclass, as is spain portugal and eastern europe.

    gone are the days when decent upstanding brits could travel safe in the knowledge that whilst enjoying their trip they were unlikely to encounter the sort of worthless scum usually found on the decrepit council estates and vomit strewn city streets that blight the uk.

    good on amsterdam and portugal for shaming this medieval british demographic, the extermination of which would be welcomed by many.
    Well fook me. That's the first post I've read from.you that I agree with. You've certainly summed up the soap dodger character adequately, certainly wouldn't find Aussies disrespecting the good folk of Holland.

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    the aussies do it in bali you drunken oaf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    the aussies do it in bali you drunken oaf.
    That's just our women though. We're talking about amsterdam. Some of the soap dodgers choose pattaya or hua hin if they can get a cheap fare

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    The ad warns with 140 Euro fine. That's not enough of a deterrent.

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    The red light district has long been a tourist shithole with Africans trying to flog you heroin or talcum powder.

    It was like that a long time before young British stag parties discovered it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    The red light district has long been a tourist shithole with Africans trying to flog you heroin or talcum powder.

    It was like that a long time before young British stag parties discovered it.
    Ecstasy and coke is what they offer. Not sure what part you were hanging around in. Maybe they were offering you that to ease the pain on your backside?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    Dont the same also apply to other nationalities ?
    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    Aren't cheap tickets available
    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    I think there is something else at play here, what it is I don't know.
    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    "uneducated unsophisticated uncouth unworthy lower orders "
    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    Drunk Brits

    Put into the right order should give you an answer. How often do you hear of drunk hordes of Swiss/Portuguese/Germans/Italians/Belgians etc... roaming streets and destroying things?

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    Ever been to the munich beerfest?

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    In fairness, the seppos would probably be up there but their beer tastes like watered down piss.

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    So I assume Amsterdam has zero reliance on the tourist dollar then !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    Ever been to the munich beerfest?
    Yup, full of drunk soap-dodgers, what's your point?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles View Post
    So I assume Amsterdam has zero reliance on the tourist dollar then !!
    They've even tightened the rules on weed.

    Thailand is much more liberal.


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    If you want us to behave ourselves, don't fill your city with drugs and prostitutes | The Daily Mash

    “Don’t get me wrong, we’re welcome nowhere. The whole of Europe hates British men aged 18 to 25, Britain included. But you have iced your citybreak cake with incredibly strong skunk and lingerie-clad women posing in windows, and we are powerless to resist.

    “We also find your shit, drizzly weather and bland food comforting. Though you need to work on your drinking culture. Closing at 1am? F**k that.”


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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    They don't wear a coat as they slalom through the red light district… they sing 'You'll never walk alone'. They are dressed as rabbits or priests and sometimes they are not dressed at all.
    That's the Scousers!

    They don't even class themselves as English!


    Scousers giving the English a bad name abroad again, but it's never their fault!


    The whole of Merseyside needs floating out to sea and sinking.

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    Yet you are not in the “The whole of Europe hates British men aged 18 to 25, Britain included” demographic anymore. But somehow missed growing up…
    Last edited by DrWilly; 31-03-2023 at 09:52 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    The whole of Europe hates British men aged 18 to 25
    ...doubt the distaste is limited to Europeans...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    ...doubt the distaste is limited to Europeans...

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    Give me a clap.

    not quite the same connotation

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWilly View Post
    Yet you are not in the “The whole of Europe hates British men aged 18 to 25, Britain included” demographic anymore. But somehow missed growing up…
    And you are an unwelcome bird shit farang domiciled in Indonesia

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backspin View Post
    And you are an unwelcome bird shit farang domiciled in Indonesia

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