Dead Poet Told to Pay Up

I can see how this would happen, but come on, this is funny:

Two notices were delivered by GEZ, a licence-collecting agency,

which threatened to mount legal action against the literary hero, who

is best known for his poem Ode to Joy, which was put to music by

Beethoven, unless he quickly settled his monthly €17 (£14) bill.

They were sent to a primary school bearing Schiller’s name in Weigsdorf-Köblitz, a town in the eastern state of Saxony.


second came despite the school’s headteacher sending the agency a

letter informing them that “the addressee is no longer in a position to

listen to the radio or watch television”.

GEZ replied saying Schiller would only be exempt if he could prove he did not own television or radio sets.


the confusion was settled, a spokesman for the agency apologised. “We

have to deal with such a huge amount of data, that something like this

can happen, and the name Friedrich Schiller is not so unusual that it

stood out as strange,” she told The Guardian. “We will now alter his

status in our computer system.”

Because as we all know, the computer is never wrong!