Fake match-maker for depressed parrots stole and sold birds

A Bavarian woman who offered a match-making service for depressed parrots sold the birds abroad once the gullible owners had sent them to her, making more than €20,000.

Fake match-maker for depressed parrots stole and sold birds
You looking at my bird? Photo:DPA

The 35-year-old woman from Mindelheim convinced parrot owners across Germany whose birds seemed to be feeling blue to send them to her.

She told them she had a flock of potential parrot partners, and that she would allow them all to fly together and pick out a mate themselves.

The parrot owner promised to send back the originally depressed parrot – now feeling much chirpier – with its chosen partner.

People sent her their birds from the Augsburg area, Günzburg, Nuremberg, from Baden-Württemberg and even all the way from Berlin.

Police say she had got more than 40 parrots in this way, each worth between €400 and €2,000.

But rather than finding their one true love, the birds were sold and shipped off, sometimes to places abroad.

After detectives knocked on her door, the woman admitted the con, and is said to be helping them trace the parrots she has sold. Five have so far been found and returned to their original owners.


Driver in Bavaria gets €5,000 fine for giving the finger to speed camera

A driver in Passau has been hit with a €5,000 fine because he was caught by traffic police giving the middle finger.

Driver in Bavaria gets €5,000 fine for giving the finger to speed camera

The district court of Passau sentenced the 53-year-old motorist to the fine after he was caught making the rude gesture in the direction of the speedometer last August on the A3 near the Donautal Ost service area, reported German media. 

The man was not caught speeding, however. According to traffic police who were in the speed camera vehicle at the time, another driver who had overtaken the 53-year-old was over the speed limit. 

When analysing the photo, the officers discovered the slower driver’s middle finger gesture and filed a criminal complaint.

The driver initially filed an objection against a penalty order, and the case dragged on for several months. However, he then accepted the complaint. He was sentenced to 50 ‘unit fines’ of €100 on two counts of insulting behaviour, amounting to €5,000.

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In a letter to police, the man said he regretted the incident and apologised. 

Police said it was “not a petty offence”, and that the sentence could have been “even more drastic”.

People who give insults while driving can face a prison sentences of up to a year.

“Depending on the nature and manner of the incident or in the case of persons with a previous conviction, even a custodial sentence without parole may be considered for an insult,” police in Passau said. 

What does the law say?

Showing the middle finger to another road user in road traffic is an offence in Germany under Section 185 of the Criminal Code (StGB). It’s punishable by a prison sentence of up to one year or a fine.

People can file a complaint if someone shows them the middle finger in road traffic, but it usually only has a chance of success if witnesses can prove that it happened.

As well as the middle finger, it can also be an offence to verbally insult someone. 

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