Thursday, March 12, 2009

Overdue bill

I don't know how much they charge for television license fees in Germany, but judging by how long it's been since this guy paid his, he must owe thousands:
Germany's GEZ broadcast fee collection office sent the bill to the last home address of Adam Ries, an algebra expert who bought the house in 1525. A club in his honor was set up at the property four centuries later.

"We received a letter saying 'To Mr Adam Ries' on it, with the request to pay his television and radio fees," said Annegret Muench, who now heads the club.

Muench returned the letter to the GEZ with a note explaining the request had come too late because Ries had died in 1559, centuries before the invention of television and radio. She nonetheless received a reminder a few weeks later.
Somehow, I doubt they'll be getting a check from him. At least, I hope not. That would be creepy.

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