A Cologne court has ruled against a man who insulted the premier of North Rhine-Westphalia via email. His words were deemed offensive enough to merit a fine of more than two thousand euros.
The district court said on Wednesday that a 53-year-old man must pay a 2,250 euro ($2,470) fine after insulting politician Hannelore Kraft in an email.
The man, whose identity is being protected in accordance with German privacy laws, sent the premier of North Rhine-Westphalia two angry emails after learning of her proposal to put unemployed Germans to work helping refugees.
“You must have the IQ of a piece of toast,” the then-unemployed man wrote in his first email to Kraft. He reportedly used other profanities in his message as well.
Kraft emailed the man back with a detailed explanation of her proposal, and he followed up with a second angry email, in which he described her as being part of “corrupt pack” and an “asshole.”