Manufacturer to thieves – stolen condoms unsafe

A German manufacturer has warned thieves that condoms they stole by blowing up a vending machine are likely to be unsafe.

Manufacturer to thieves - stolen condoms unsafe
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Thieves in Aachen, northwest Germany, blew up a condom dispensing machine overnight from Sunday into Monday and made off with the contents.

A nearby resident heard a loud bang at around midnight and saw the damaged machine, police said in a statement on Tuesday.

Officers added that they did not know how many condoms or how much cash was taken.

And a spokeswoman for the condoms’ manufacturer, Ritex, warned they should not be used.

She told The Local: “The condom packaging is likely to have been damaged by the explosion. As soon as the packaging is damaged, the condoms are no longer safe."

Officers have no leads yet. Anyone with information should contact Aachen Police on 0241 9577 31501. 

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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.

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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.