Smoker banned from Dutch cafe

23rd November 2008, Comments 4 comments

Dutch man banned from a café for transgressing smoking ban.

23 November 2008

Rosmalin [s-Hertogenbosch] - A 40-year-old Dutch man has been banned from a café in the town of Rosmalin for six months for ignoring the smoking ban, despite being repeatedly asked by the owner of the establishment to stop smoking. 
The Netherlands implemented a ban on smoking in bars, cafés and restaurants on 1 July 2008.

The café owner called the police who escorted the defiant smoker off the premises and issued an order banning the man for six months.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

4 Comments To This Article

  • Robert R posted:

    on 23rd November 2008, 23:11:46 - Reply

    I planned on moving there one day! The hard right turn to intolerance and moralism is disappointing. The Netherlands is NOT the country it used to be just 10 years ago and I blame the government. There is much to love about the Netherlands and it's people. The government isn't one of them.
  • BelowSeaLevel posted:

    on 23rd November 2008, 22:02:40 - Reply
  • Robert R. posted:

    on 23rd November 2008, 16:29:04 - Reply

    Perhaps a boycott of Dutch companies such as Philips and Shell are in order as well.
  • Robert R. posted:

    on 23rd November 2008, 16:20:32 - Reply

    One way for Americans to send a message to the Dutch that their growing social intolerance to smoking and soft drugs is to simply say that we will take our tourist dollars elsewhere. The Dutch are becoming just like every one else. There is really nothing special about the Netherlands anymore. What was special was their tolerance and live and let live attitude that they should have been trying to spread throughout Europe. There needs to be a place to go for us peaceful consensual pot and cigarette smokers and mushroom enjoyers. There needs to be a place where when can actually be free as long as they are peaceful. I can tell you that I have never acted like a jackass for what I have ingested in your country. That activity is reserved for the drunk football fan. I have spent well over $15000 (American)in your country over the last 9 years. No more until you bring your country back from the brink of do-gooder insanity. The Dutch government is nothing but a bunch of social engineering nannies who are too stupid to realize that they are cutting off their nose to spite their face, especially at a time when they can least afford to kill their tourism industry. Pot smokers and cigarette smokers spend money in you country Ab Klink. Are you so intolerant as to say to these people: Shove off? I say to you you will not get my $6000 this year or next or next. How do you like those apples?