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Heavy metal band claims German Ebay ripoff

A member of the well-known American heavy metal band Mastodon has claimed that a German boy ripped him off in an eBay internet scam.

Heavy metal band claims German Ebay ripoff
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Guitarist Bill Kelliher took to the band’s Facebook page earlier this week to explain that he had sold a guitar for $1,275 (€975) to a boy in Germany, who subsequently said he didn’t like the guitar and wanted a refund.

But when Kelliher asked him to send the guitar back to him, the buyer refused and somehow got Ebay to rule in his favour and order the money refunded anyway.

Kelliher posted again Tuesday evening to complain the scammer was trying to re-sell the guitar on the German version of Ebay for €1799.

“I’m not interested in hearing any … talk about Ebay or Germans. It’s really just the principle I’m fighting for,” Kelliher wrote on Facebook. “To not let these things just go.”

The postings got nearly 2,000 comments from outraged fans in response, some threatening the buyer with death.

By Wednesday the listing for the guitar had been taken off Ebay but it was unclear if the company had reversed its decision in Kelliher’s favour.

The Local/mdm

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

READ ALSO: Shock in Germany after cashier shot dead in Covid mask row

Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.

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