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No Laughing Matter

by | 4th, May 2004

‘WHO says the Germans don’t have a sense of humour? A 47-year-old woman has just been fined…for laughing too much.

Officials in Berlin took action against the woman, named only as Barbara M in court papers, when her neighbour complained she was disturbing his peace, and that of his elderly mother, with her constant giggling.

He added that she frequently invited people round where they would laugh the night away. ‘It is against the law in Germany to make too much noise after 10pm,’ he said.

But Barbara, who works for an architectural firm in the German capital, accused her neighbour of exaggerating.

‘I invited some of my colleagues to dinner on one occasion and after a couple of glasses of wine we all started to enjoy ourselves,’ she said.

She said the next thing she knew the police were knocking on her door and a couple of days later she received a fine for 25 euros in the post.

‘It was laughable,’ she added.’

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