Authorities reject 'Heatballs' attempt to skirt EU light bulb banThe Local
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It is literally illegal to buy a normal light bulb in the EU. Do people even understand what that means? The government is banning light bulbs. If you try to import a light bulb against their orders, you will be shot.
That's your wonderful "civilization" for you.
Nothing about this was "satirical," the man was trying to buy normal light bulbs because tons of people hate mercury filled CFL bulbs and crappy LEDs.
Normal light bulbs have also already been banned in the US, starting in 2012 men with guns will prevent you from "illegally" buying them. The government will likely stage stings and raids with SWAT teams just like they do for raw milk.
Welcome to the new America. - Chris, InfoLib...DTG Trading owner Siegfried Rotthäuser ordered 40,000 in November from China. He intended to skirt regulations by selling the 75- and 100-watt strength bulbs as a source of heat for what his website calls a “resistance art project.” [...]
But officials in Cologne disagreed. A report on the matter by the Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (VDE), Heatballs fall under EU light bulb regulations and cannot be imported, a spokesperson said.
The delivery will remain held by Cologne-Bonn airport customs officials, he said.