Woman fined for whistling down phone
A German woman has been fined for blowing a whistle down the telephone at a call-centre worker.
The woman, 61, from Pirmasens in Rhineland-Palatinate had got fed up with a constant stream of cold-calls to her house.
But she ended up in court and was fined the equivalent of £650 after she damaged the hearing of her victim.
The unnamed woman told a judge in a local court that she was so annoyed by the unending stream of marketing calls that she snapped and blew a whistle into the receiver.
She was hoping just to deter the company from calling her again, but ended up convicted of bodily harm after giving the female call-centre employee hearing problems and tinnitus.
The woman initially challenged the fine but decided to pay it shortly before an appeal hearing was due to be heard.