« He’s back, ladies and gentlemen! | Main | The Daily Memo - 3/25/08 »

Can you hear me now?

skeleton-cell-phone.jpgA cab driver in Hamm, Germany, was in court for using his cell phone while driving. Like many states in the U.S., Germany has banned the use of cell phones while driving unless the driver is using a hands-free set. Walter Klein got busted driving with his cellphone being held against his ear, and you know how the rest of the story plays out.

Except, you don’t. Because while in court, Klein claimed that he wasn’t actually talking on the phone. Rather, he was using the warm and just-recharged phone to keep his ears warm. “I had an earache and it was being made worse because the cab had not heated up yet…. So I grabbed the phone that had been on charge and put it to my ear, and that was when I was stopped by police.” And the court bought his story because Klein also had his telephone bill with him, showing that the phone had not, in fact, been used at the time he was busted.

It’s only a matter of time, now, until someone makes earmuffs out of some old cell phones, right? That would be awesome.