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One-Armed Man Fined For Riding Bike With Only One Handbrake

July 3, 2014

German Police apologised on Tuesday to Ionescu who was fined 25 euros, ($34), for having only a single handbrake on his bicycle, not two, as required by law.

COLOGNE, Germany — A German man with one arm has received an apology from police after being fined for riding a bicycle with only one handbrake.

According to German newspaper, Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, Bogdan Ionescu was riding his bicycle on March 25 when was pulled over by an overzealous police officer.

Ionescu was told he was breaking a German Law that requires bicycles have two handlebar brakes.

After an argument, Ionescu was fined the equivalent of $34, according to the Huffington Post.

Ionescu argued he had modified his bicycle to operate one of the brakes with his foot. The newspaper, Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, investigated and found his modifications made his bike legal.

On Tuesday, police told Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger they offered a full refund and an apology to Ionescu. The Independent quotes a police spokesman as saying, "We only hope something like this never happens again."

Cologne police also said that the bike was completely roadworthy, according to the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger.

The one-armed cyclist, Bogdan Ionescu, poses with his bike on July 1, 2014 in Cologne, western Germany.
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Re: One-Armed Man Fined For Riding Bike With Only One Handbrake

Wow, Cologne must be a great place to live. If their cops have the luxury to spend time worrying about how many hand brakes a one armed bicyclist has, then they must have absolutely no crime whatsoever. Well that...or their cops are complete cowards and are afraid to confront the real criminals. In any case, what dumbasses.

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Wow, Cologne must be a great place to live. If their cops have the luxury to spend time worrying about how many hand brakes a one armed bicyclist has, then they must have absolutely no crime whatsoever. Well that...or their cops are complete cowards and are afraid to confront the real criminals. In any case, what dumbasses.
I told a friend in Germany, I found it insulting, among other things, (and I'm blonde). It was just wrong.

He said it was a requirement to become a police officer there.

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Figures.

Thanks, Obama.

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I guess there's no minimum IQ requirement for German police, either that or the copper was just being a cock sucker.

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