In Amsterdam there are very clear police regulations (Algemene Plaatselijke Verordening or APV):
● In de centre of the city and in a part of the city called South East (de Bijlmer), it is not allowed to carry a (pocket) knife of any sort and this is NOT a secret.
● In these two areas the police has the authority to search persons and often they have routine checks.
● It is allowed to buy (pocket) knives in Amsterdam, but if you buy one in the centre of town (the part with most knife shops like De Dump and The Old Man and numerous souvenir shops that sell SAK’s), you have to carry it with you carefully wrapped (and not ‘ATR’).
It is indeed not a very nice situation and it affects me also (I live in de Bijlmer and I go to the city centre 4 or 5 times a week, and that means I can loose my knives). Mister Blumberg says he did not know about the regulations concerning pocket knives, but that is hardly an excuse. I do not think a lot of people would go to a police station to ask about the ‘APV’ but that is not the responsibility of the police.
And yes, of course it was a sad story: 10 cops surrounding him and his little children, frisking him and confiscating his SAK, then telling him to sign a form in Dutch he did not understand (Mister Blumberg is French). Well, that is the story in De Telegraaf (a newspaper you could call the Dutch The Sun, e.g. a newspaper only good for wrapping fish. We have not forgotten the fact they collaborated with the (Dutch) Nazi’s); a paper that has journalist who think Victorinox makes knives in Ibach-Schwyz for 230 years!
It was bad luck, and sure, sometimes Amsterdam police officers can be overzealous (some time ago a man was finned in the Amsterdam subway for carrying an empty french-fry bag! But of course they reversed that), but whether you agree with a law or not, that does not matter. My wild guess is that there is no judge in Amsterdam that will convict Mister Blumberg, and I am also willing to bet Ted’s Victorinox Farmer on that.
By the way, Victorinox is one of my favourite company’s and they deserve the free publicity.
So in short I have to agree with Ted.
Last edited by Derkomai; 04-22-2007 at 03:00 PM.
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