Drug Dealers, Amsterdam
Just walk through the lightened streets and DO NOT be afraid of any characters at the streets of Amsterdam. They are weak and threatened junkies who want to make u give them some change. They try to rip me off three times, so i know what I`m telling about. Just say to them "back off man" or "leave me alone" and continue your trip.
If when wandering around in Amsterdam and sombody walks past you (they usually say "Charlie") or other things of the sort. DO NOT! talk or acknowlege them in any way they will cause you trouble and even if you say "no thank you" they will persue you still so it's just best not to talk at all.
Just walk as if you know exactly where you're going and completely ignore junkies. They are usually too stoned or whatever to do you any harm anyway. If they do approach you and started talking to you ('Can I ask you something? Do you have some money? - they can actually be rather polite - nonetheless annoying of course) just say 'nay' and continue walking.
Just don't purchase hard drugs from these sketchy people most of whom are in the Red Light District. There have been many stories floating around of people having their money jacked and their wallets taken. Most of these guys will want you to follow them somewhere. That is a sure sign of a hoist. If you are really hooked on hard drugs check out the mushroom shops and perhaps that will satisfy you desires.
Amsterdam, a weed smokers paradise! You can pretty much get away with anything in this city, but make sure you leave your drugs in Amsterdam. I went backpacking the summer of 05' and we had the bright idea of starting off the journey in Amsterdam and heading south from there and thought well we might as well buy as much weed as possible and smoke all across Europe. This might have been a good idea pre 9/11 but since then they have buffed up train/border security. We had 18 grams of weed and left our bag unattended on the train while we went to the snack bar and when we came back border patrol was searching our stuff and we were caught. We had to pay 250 dollars US and they let us go. So take it from me don't do it. In Italy they actually have dogs that come on the train and sniff everything, they are really hardcore there.
Dont even go there ... chances are if youre lucky you will just get ripped off paying for baking powder. At worst you could get robbed .
Enjoy the coffee shops if you like that kinda thing at least these are more controlled.
Although on the whole it is safe to walk in Amsterdam after dark on your own it is not really in some parts of Red Light District. There are dealers, street prostitutes & their pimps, muggers, wierdo's etc. Dealers try to sell you their wares in dodgy corners.
Keep to the well lit areas those with red lights should be fine. Most clubs have their own private security.
My advice is just pass by rather quickly look confident & do not do anything which suggests you may have cash - looking unhappy is one way to get unnoticed.
Watch out (especially in the Red District) for people selling drugs. Believe me there are a lot of them. Do not trust them, they will try to sell you anything for what seems like a deal, but it will be fake. One man actually through his hand in my friends pocket for money after he refused to buy drugs from him. The police saw the whole thing and arrested the man. Just avoid them at all cost. Other than that the city is beautiful and a lot of fun.
Avoid dealing with people in the street,they looks like horror faces want to eat your money.
if you want to buy drugs "not hard drugs" you can go to Rouckry Cafe in Liedsplien or to buy from any shop written on it "SMART SHOP"
These guys can become a real pain.however the easiest thing to do is ignore them or just say no.Every street in Amsterdam has a person asking if you want cocaine,LSD,Ecstasy.Most just take the hint and leave you alone once you say no.Others will try to follow you and convince you to change your mind.Whatever you do, dont loose your cool because you can gurantee that they have some friends.
Although technically illegal drugs are sold quite openly in Amsterdam. Not just in the coffee shops either. I was offered hard drugs for sale on the streets a couple of different times while in Amsterdam. It surprised me how open it was.
When you buy drugs from a street seller, don't be surprised you'll end up puking or having a real bad trip with your tongue hanging from your mouth and your eyes bulging out of your head. I saw too many examples. Furthermore you'll keep the crimescene alive, so pls, if you visit Amsterdam to try some drugs, its better to buy them in one of the coffeeshops.
A lot of people will come up to you, saying: Can I ask you a question? Then, 99,9 % it will be asking a few cents with an excuse like: I'm short of buying this trainticket etc... They might also start asking you for a light, or some general chat and then still end up asking you money. My tip: never give money, avoid eyecontact, for they will only buy drugs with your money and keep asking for more, thus stay addicted and if you do give money, you will keep crime rate high.
Granted we were strolling in a quiet road off the red light district, but to say we were offered about 6 different substances by about five different dealers in the space of twenty minutes, gives you some idea of the scale of drug dealing in Amsterdam.
I guess it's like anywhere really, be careful and you should be okay, so be polite in your response would be my tip. We heard a few harrowing tales while we were over there, and a friend of mine was started on and only just managed to evade trouble. Other than that, a thoroughly enjoyable and fantastic trip!
CHARLIE is a very pouler guy in amsterdam , even more at night time....ppsshhh Charlie you will hear as you walk past them( coke peddlers) ...best thing to do is carry on WALKING and dont even make EYE CONTACT.All the dealers, and i mean all the dealers, in the Red Light District sale only FAKE drugs, that's the reason there are so many of them, 'cause they can't hardly be arrested for that.
The second thing is that they all work together, the dealers, the muggers and the pickpocketers.