In Latvia what price ranges would be considered Budget, Mid-range, and Splurge? - Andrew Haggard (Sapphire) 17:39, 11 June 2006 (EDT)
Added information about mafia to Stay safe
Two days ago three of my friends with which I have been to Riga were robbed by mafia in a bar - asked for 200 Ls each, then beaten, after they've called the police it was cooperating with the mafia, asked for a bribe of 300 Ls saying "I know you are the Americans and you have money" and finally fined for "violence in the bar". The U.S. Embassy employees were familiar with the situation saying that occurs in Riga often and one of the U.S. Embassy employees had that experience too. Although they can provide list of places where not to go and it would be wise to ask for it before partying. My personal experience is that if you don't visit these clubs, you are generally safe. --18.104.22.168 16:39, 16 November 2008 (EST)
I'd like to change this paragraph of the "stay safe" section, as I personally haven't seen anything like either of the described issues happen in nearly ten years. That said, if you'd like to mention a recent incident of anything like the following scams happening, I'd happily settle for just making the section a little more readable:
"When visiting bars and restaurants in Riga, make sure you know the price before you order and follow your spending, so no cheating is possible. Beware of scammers who strike up conversations out of the blue and invite you to visit their favorite club or bar; this is often a favorite way for the mafia to rob foreigners, and the police are unlikely to help if you get scammed. The Police of Latvia  has a website with advice for travelers."