Archive for May 21st, 2007

Law & Order: Leidseplein

Dutch Word of the Day
rechter: justice
Nederlandse rechter is altijd bloedig.
Dutch justice is always bloody.*

My room is on the sunnier side of the building, so it turns into a greenhouse during the day. I took a nap this evening and left the window open. Even then, it was still hot when I woke up and I didn’t have anything in the fridge to drink. And Albert Heijn was closed. So I biked to Leidseplein to see if anything was open there, and lo and behold, I found Big Bananas Nightshop.

Now, BBN is kind of like a Manhattan bodega, but with a ritzy euro feel. And a huge security guard.

Some fool tried to shoplift some Amstel Lights and totally got roughed up. I mean, seriously roughed up. Like, grabbed by the neck, pulled backwards till he screamed and dragged out of the store by his ear. Then punched a couple of times. Made Stabler look like pattycake. There was a lot of yelling in Dutch from both sides. Then the cops rolled by to sort things out.

I mean, all of this over Amstel Light? It’s Amsterdam, buddy! You can get Amstel Light anywhere for a euro or two. It’s just not worth the risk.

Apparently Dutch jails (with the exceptions of the ones for asylum seekers) are very cushy. Maybe that’s why security guards go the extra mile with the beatings. It helps even things out.

*Unless you’re really into Law & Order: SVU or you are Martin, you can’t appreciate this sentence.

May 2007
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