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Man Dead For 450 Years Receives TV Bill

 

Updated : Mar 16, 2009

A German mathematician deceased since of 1559, has received a letter from Germany’s broadcast fee collection office GEZ demanding that he pay his "long-overdue" TV licensing fees.

The bill was sent to Adam Reis’ former address, which is now a club set up in honour of the algebra expert, unfortunately Mr Reis has been dead for 450 years!

"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 is now president of the club. She then returned the letter with a note attached explaining that Ries had died 450 years earlier, noting that TV had not even been invented at that time. Despite her letter, the collection office sent another reminder two weeks later.

The GEZ was in the news last year for a similar incident in which Friedrich Schiller, a poet who died in 1805, was sent a bill asking him to declare "all radios and televisions in his home and pay the corresponding fees."

VeryHappyPig says big oops for GEZ!

 

 

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