A Handy Jail Term For Offensive Speech Ringtone

By Andrew Ivey | Speeches

Jul 02
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German man arrested for offensive speech ring tone

Passengers on a train in Hamburg, Germany called in the police to deal with a phone user. His particular offence was not using his “handy,” as the Germans call their mobile phones, in a quiet carriage.

No, it was his choice of ring tone. But it wasn’t the sort of ring tone that sends most of us mad with rage or green with envy…crazy frog, perhaps?

Rather alarmingly his choice of ring tone was a snippet of a speech given by Adolf Hitler before World War II; a speech in which he called for the destruction of World Jewry should Germany be dragged into a European war.

His alarming choice of ring tone was nothing, however, to his six month jail sentence for “a public display of the Nazis and all their works.”

No doubt there is more to this story than is reported. That’s often the case.

But a six month jail sentence for playing a speech segment as a ring tone does seem mightily illiberal, even if the speech was given by that Country’s most depraved leader of modern times.

Couldn’t he be compelled to use the barbie doll ring tone for six months? Now that would be a real punishment.

Yes, Please

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The Principal Trainer at training business Time to Market. Based in Oxford, I run presentation and public speaking training courses, coaching sessions and seminars throughout the UK. Andrew Ivey on Google+

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