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Nightclub invites guests to 'catch a dwarf'

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Nightclub invites guests to 'catch a dwarf'
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10:12 CEST+02:00
A nightclub in northern Germany controversially held a “Lilliputian Action” evening, in which guests were invited to catch a dwarf hired to run around the dance floor.

Janssen's Tanzpalast in Cuxhaven, on the North Sea coast, is known in the area for its themed club nights. On Saturday, owners organised a “Lilliputian Action” night. “Catch the Lilliputian and win a flatscreen,” the website read.

This was exactly how it panned out, Der Spiegel news magazine reported on Tuesday. The family-run club hired a person with dwarfism for party-goers to catch in a bizarre game of tag.

Yet on Saturday evening, the dwarf antics in the Tanzpalast took a nasty turn - before the game of “catch” had even begun. A 42-year-old dwarf was taking part in a dance performance in the club, when he fell off a podium.

Cuxhaven police confirmed to Der Spiegel that he was taken to hospital with serious injuries. Spokeswoman Anke Rieken stressed that the man was not injured as a result of the “Liliputian Action” game.

According to the magazine, Janssen's has been open in Cuxhaven since the 1970s. No-one in the club was available to comment on the evening, or on the fact that “Lilliputian” is a politically-incorrect term.

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