Amsterdam gets tough on antisocial behaviour from tourists

City’s popularity with stag parties prompts hefty on-the-spot fines aimed at young British and Dutch men

Partying tourists in Amsterdam are being sent a sobering new message: antisocial behaviour will be met with on-the-spot fines. The Enjoy and Respect campaign has been launched jointly by the city’s marketing body, council, police and hospitality industries, in an effort to point out that even in a city that is all about freedom, nuisance tourism has a price.

Urinating in a canal, for instance, risks a fine of €140; public drunkenness will cost €95. Disturbing the peace in public places or dropping litter – in theory, even a cigarette butt – could also cost €140. Adverts on the street and on social media help to underline that doing the right thing is free.

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