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Middle finger decals on cars

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So there's a few old threads here about giving the finger being a terrible Beleidigung and leading to a fine from the police, but if that is true, why do I see a decal of someone giving me the finger on a car literally every day? Is this somehow freedom of expression? Can I take a decal of a minion flipping the bird with me wherever I go and show it off whenever someone cuts in the line at REWE, and avoid the dreaded Beleidigungsbußgeld and associated Strafverfahren? I'm honestly pretty curious about this.

 

For those of you who haven't seen these, get out of Prenzlauer Berg, Schwabing, Blankenese, Westend, or whatever uptight suburb you live in for a day or two. Try the "new federal states".

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If you give someone the finger, you could be in for a legal hassle. But if you stick one of those on your car, no big deal. It's all explained here.

As a rule, a sticker does not constitute an "insult" unless it is directly directed against a specific person or group of persons. The affixing of such stickers to a private vehicle can be considered a personal expression of opinion, which is protected by the provisions on freedom of opinion in Article 5 of the Basic Law.

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35 minutes ago, silty1 said:

If you give someone the finger, you could be in for a legal hassle. But if you stick one of those on your car, no big deal. It's all explained here.

As a rule, a sticker does not constitute an "insult" unless it is directly directed against a specific person or group of persons. The affixing of such stickers to a private vehicle can be considered a personal expression of opinion, which is protected by the provisions on freedom of opinion in Article 5 of the Basic Law.

 

That page is amazingly detailed but I would never have looked there because putting a sticker on your car is not fucking tuning. It is rather interesting and bizarre that the same sticker is somehow a Beleidigung if I just pasted "BMW drivers" next to it. Thanks! It also answers some other things I've wondered about in terms of blocked vision and so on.

 

I'll print up a T-shirt and every now and again feel a Kreislaufstörung and need to open my jacket...

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56 minutes ago, mainzigartig said:

It is rather interesting and bizarre that the same sticker is somehow a Beleidigung if I just pasted "BMW drivers" next to it.

 

You'd be right, too -  especially if their license plate begins with PI

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