Dutch news in brief, 7 September 2005

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ABN cards double debited, Several thousand customers of ABN Amro bank discovered on Wednesday their bank cards were incorrectly registered as overdrawn. Due to technical error payments made on their credit cards were double debited. For many people this meant they could not withdraw cash from ATMs. "A mistake was made and we really regret this," a bank spokesperson said. The problem has now been solved and the wrongfully-debited money has been repaid.

ABN cards double debited

Several thousand customers of ABN Amro bank discovered on Wednesday their bank cards were incorrectly registered as overdrawn. Due to technical error payments made on their credit cards were double debited. For many people this meant they could not withdraw cash from ATMs. "A mistake was made and we really regret this," a bank spokesperson said. The problem has now been solved and the wrongfully-debited money has been repaid.

Jail demanded for attempted arson

Three men who tried to set fire to a mosque in the Dutch town of Huizen should be sentenced to jail for eight months, the public prosecutor said on Wednesday. They should also face an additional four-month suspended sentence, a court in Amsterdam was told. The men hatched the plan on 6 November — four days after the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh. They did not go through with it but the prosecutor said sending them to jail would send a signal that such behaviour could not be tolerated in Dutch society.

Man threatens mother with Samurai sword

A specialist arrest team carried out a raid on the home in the Dutch town of Swalmen in the early hours of Wednesday morning and arrested a man who had threatened his mother with a Samurai sword. He began threatening her at 9pm on Tuesday and also threatened police officers who were called to the house to deal with the disturbance. The police raided the house and overpowered the suspect after he refused to talk to a trained negotiator. Officers at the scene told news agency ANP that the suspect was the same man who had waved the sword at motorists in the region a few weeks before.

Indifferent staff spoil lunch

The big turn off in cafes and restaurants is indifferent and rude staff, according to a new survey. Opinion poll company Interview-NSS talked to 1,000 people who regularly go out for drinks and a meal. Of these 61 percent complained about indifferent staff who ignore the customer's needs. Just over half complained of being treated rudely.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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