As discussed in a post below, the French seem to be able to handle their alcohol while some Finns go on a binge and head out in public to cause trouble. It’s only a small percentage of Finns who do this, but all it takes is one drunk assshole in the evening to piss off hundreds of people. And in line with typical leftist thinking, the state treats us as if we’re all drunk assholes but putting a hefty tax on alcohol to try and curb drinking. Head downtown to any Finnish city and you’ll plainly see their efforts have been futile.
So why does this small minority of Finns get plastered and cause trouble downtown while this behavior in France and the U.S. is much less? I think I have a possible answer – During my very first week in Finland in 2002, I witnessed a drunk man at the bus station in Tapiola slowly pull down his pants and take a shit on the pavement in front of dozens of bystanders. I was in shock, and angry. I was eagerly waiting for some concerned citizens to take action and
beat the shit out of him whoop his ass. Of course, this didn’t happen, people stood there in disgust and obediently waited for their bus. This angered me even more.
In Baltimore, it doesn’t matter how drunk you were, no one would be crazy enough to shit at the bus station, citizens take enormous pride in their neighborhoods and wouldn’t allow this to happen. I’d suspect a similar thing would happen in Nice, France. However, there’s a lot of drug dealing going on Baltimore city streets while citizens are “allowing” it to happen – but you’d be more crazy to mess some drug dealer on the street than to take a dump on your own block. So basically, no one is dumb enough to get that wasted because you’ll quickly find yourself in the hospital. Oh there’s certainly binge drinking in Baltimore, but people just keep it inside their homes and if they do go out, it seems as if they’re more inclined to keep to themselves.
Helsinki is statstically a *much* safer city than Baltimore, you can pass out at the bus station and in the morning you’ll still find your wallet. You can lurk around harrassing women all night and never find a bruise on your body. You can take shits at bus stations, and have no fear that anyone will even scold you. So people do these things cause they know they can get away with it, the citizens won’t do anything to prevent this and we all know the cops don’t have the resources to handle every single drunk.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying things are handled better in Baltimore. Not by any means. I’m just saying that’s how things are. I think Finns get wasted and cause trouble because they know they can get away with it, they’ll wake up in the morning with nothing worse than a nasty hangover. I think if the Finns took more responsibility in their own neighborhoods, we’d see that minority of nuisances crowding our streets shrink even further.