Germany: Man fined after calling politician an Asshole with the IQ of a piece of toast

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.”

Hannelore Kraft - Asshole with the IQ of a piece of Toast

Hannelore Kraft – Asshole with the IQ of a piece of Toast

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