Jul 182007

We all know it’s pretty rare to hear about cops doing the right thing, which is the second reason I felt the need to share this story. The first reason? Well, just keep reading…

BERLIN (Reuters) – A German man who startled his neighbors when he hurled his computer out of the window in the middle of the night, was let off for disturbing the peace by police who sympathized with his technical frustrations.

Police in the northern city of Hanover said they would not press charges after responding to calls made by residents in an apartment block who were woken by a loud crash in the early hours of Saturday.

Officers found the street and pavement covered in electronic parts and discovered who the culprit was.

Asked what had driven him to the night-time outburst, the 51-year-old man said he had simply got annoyed with his computer.

“Who hasn’t felt like doing that?” said a police spokesman.

While escaping any official sanction the man was made to clear up the debris.


Yep, this guy did what we’ve all dreamed of… threw his computer out the window. Kudos to him! And kudos to the police who easily recognized that, despite violating the letter of the law, there was no actual crime here. The only property damaged was the “perpetrator’s” and he even cleaned up the mess he’d made on the ‘public’ street. Who’da thunk the German police would understand liberty better than then American ones?

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