back to article German sauna drags punters to court over naked truth

A steamy romp in a sauna – like there's any other kind – has landed two alleged canoodlers in hot water. The unnamed duo were yesterday taken to court by the owners of spa complex Badewelt, based in, er, Sinsheim, south Germany, after they refused to cough a €600 fine for supposed fruity behaviour in the changing rooms, The …

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no happy ending?

letters-->igmc

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Re: no happy ending?

"€600"

Presumably it's an hourly rate.

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What the hell is a sauna for if its not to have fun with the other sex?

or even the same sex in some places.......

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Yes, I've been threatened with expulsion from saunas for having "too many boys in my room" as though that sort of action wasn't allowed. Now I'm just more discreet ha ha.

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you can avoid the embarrasment of "other" or "same" by just using "appropriate"

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Sex sells

And clickbaiting works

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Re: Sex sells

And clickbaiting works

... and so do other kinds of ...baiting, though not what was claimed in this case. I am interested in how the fine was assessed. If there was a signed agreement or if there is just something posted saying don't do this or if it is the sauna telling their customers they have to pay the sauna a fine for a civil violation or be taken to court to face charges. Being in the same room together cannot be illegal even though a public sex act might be. Proving the latter is problematic as it implies having cameras or eyes where they shouldn't be. This leaves the sauna in a position where customers can tell them to pound sand and kick rocks, which seems to be the case here.

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Re: Sex sells

Not if you're using an ad-blocker...

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What happens in Sinsheim ..

Isn't Badewelt what you are left with after a session with a rather large Bavarian frau and a bunch of birch twigs?

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Re: What happens in Sinsheim ..

Bavarian Frau? What's she München on?

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Re: What happens in Sinsheim ..

At wurst she's got plenty of Frankfurters...

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Re: What happens in Sinsheim ..

...and at best some Wieners?

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TITSUP

Teutonic Inability To Sauna Undressed Politely

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There is no such thing as polite or impolite state of undress in a German or Czech Spa sauna. There is a state of undress - mandatory one. It is quite often for health and safety reasons because they crank the heat to a point where a normal bathing suit will melt.

Never been to this spa and probably will avoid it.

I usually plot our course during my summer hols from one spa town to another. The village spas around the Black Forest work till 11pm or even 12pm nowdays so you get at least a couple of hours after you arrive. Kids onto the waterslide, me in the jacuzzi and who cares that we just clocked ~ 500 miles.

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Mail online is over there

Who really cares what goes on in a German sauna?

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I assume the sauna owner's legal team came steaming in with what they thought was a water-tight case but had to beat a hasty retreat when it wouldn't stand up in court

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Did the solicitors remove their briefs?

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Nah, the briefs are legal.

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Seriously?

A story like this and no mention of a stiff penalty?

Paris, cos...

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how big...

Did the changing rooms happen to be? Are they practically only big enough for one?

That being said... I've managed friskyness in a portalooo before (it had just been rinsed and I was very drunk and she was mad..... it was fun but not something I wish to repeat) so size isn't always an issue when you're horny enough.

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Re: how big...

"[...] so size isn't always an issue when you're horny enough."

That's what I always say! (But the missus disagrees.)

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Re: how big...

Dogging every time. Much more fun and loads of room

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Re: how big...

Speak for yourself... my first car was a nova and the wife's now got a micra. You've got no chance in either...

That said current drive's an xtrail.

Plenty of room with the seats down.... I wonder if the wife would be interested.. failing that someone else's...

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Re: how big...

"I've managed friskyness in a portalooo before "

Having seen one end up on its side due to friskiness of the occupants, that's not something I'd take the risk on. (Hint, when that happens, what was "below decks" doesn't stay there)

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Sounds like they were taken to court for non-payment of the club's penalty charge. A civil case. Should've read the T&C's.

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...as opposed to the T&A's...

// all right, I'm going...

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"The legal jousting lasted minutes..."

I saw what you did there!

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Stamp it out.

Just what has this News got to do with Technology or Science?

Isn't it about time The Register stopped telling us about politics or other non technological subjects? :)

Very dull.

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Re: Stamp it out.

El Reg's true subject matter is extremely dry to most people. Allegedly titillating articles like this one draw in a much larger crowd of eyeballs, enhancing ad revenues greatly and ensuring El Reg will be with us for years to come.

The trick is to keep it to a minimum, so as not to over-torque the core IT readers. If El Reg becomes just another sleaze merchant it will lose definition and eventually disappear, with no one even noticing.

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Re: Stamp it out.

"Just what has this News got to do with Technology or Science?"

Nothing, which is why it's in Bootnotes. Bootnotes are off-topic fun for writers who need a break from writing about computers, software, bugs, companies, and other tech stuff. There is more to life than IT, and we're happy to provide some light relief for readers who don't want to stare at specifications.

Amusingly, I think you're the same Stuart who ran the Acorn Cybervillage way back in the day, when I ran Acorn news site Drobe, and we clashed even back then.

C.

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Re: Big John

"Allegedly titillating articles like this one draw in a much larger crowd of eyeballs, enhancing ad revenues greatly"

This is a common misconception. Our main advertising is aimed at people coming to read the enterprise IT tech stuff. Ads that run alongside Bootnotes are mainstream and thus low CPM. We do Bootnotes stories to offer some light amusement, and keep to our tabloid roots.

C.

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Re: Big John

Wait el reg use to be a tabloid ? wait when was this ? I'm shocked. I will not be a part of this. Goes off to read the daily mail while watching fox news.

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> "Ads that run alongside Bootnotes are mainstream and thus low CPM."

Wait, so you guys actually earn less on non-IT stories? And if you get just a bit too raunchy, those big advertisers will shy away and undercut your business model? Yet you do it anyway? Tricky.

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"Wait, so you guys actually earn less on non-IT stories?"

The Bootnotes are a bit of fun. They're not the focus of our ad team. They're not even a traffic driver - stuff like cloud services going wrong, scandals, security cockups, operating system bugs, and so on, bring in the millions of netizens.

"And if you get just a bit too raunchy, those big advertisers will shy away"

That's not how it works. We sell ad space next to IT stories to IT vendors and providers. These companies want to reach technology workers, and show off their wares and solutions to folks in the industry, so that's why they direct their advertising there. Sometimes, advertisers will run their ads across the whole site. It's really up to them.

The Bootnotes are a side channel of amusement. Advertisers know these off-topic stories are part of the site's charm and heritage. If you're flogging an SDN switch, you probably want that to appear next to networking articles for maximum relevant eyeballs. OTOH you might want to run your ad sitewide. Whatever the advertiser and our ad team strike a deal on; us journalists aren't thinking about it.

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Re: Stamp it out.

@Stuart Halliday

Just what has this News got to do with Technology or Science?

Well, if you are ever near Sinsheim (it's not far from Heidelberg) , the Auto & Technik Museum is well worth a visit. You can locate the place easily as you approach it from the 2 very big erections on the roof of the main building.

https://sinsheim.technik-museum.de/en/

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Re: Stamp it out.

- Very dull.

Talking about yourself? It is under Bootnotes, i.e. anything goes :-)

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Re: Stamp it out.

There is more to life than IT, and we're happy to provide some light relief for readers who don't want to stare at specifications.

And a tall cold one for your efforts even if some thing beer should be a no- no. A pox on the "let's just be on topic and serious all the time) nay-sayers

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Re: We sell ad space

I wonder, are you profiling my comments through a third party to sell ad space like google and Facebook?

I've not seen any butt plug adverts so I guess it's safe.

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Re: Stamp it out.

This IS The Register. Stories like this are what make El Reg special. It's all about balance

That and an occasional goodly helping of fnaaarrr, fnaaarrr.

So there

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Re: Stamp it out.

This IS The Register. Stories like this are what make El Reg special. It's all about balance

I don't know what was going on behind the scenes, but a couple of months ago there was a disturbance in the force, and El Reg started taking on overtones of unnerving nature. That all seems to have died down and normal service has resumed - would love to know what actually happened.

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Those are mightily impressive erections!

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So what you're saying is "Down with this sort of thing"

Sorry Ted, but the day El Reg stops covering this sort of thing is the day I start to get my technology news elsewhere.

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Spotted the German?

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"And a tall cold one for your efforts"

... because - GERMANY! :)

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Sauna's and bathhouses

Unfortunately the sauna has suffered much the same fate as the massage has in the UK, in that it's apparently not acceptable for a brothel or bordello to exist, so there must be the appropriate euphemisms. Hence why there are now separate sections for massage therapists and those offering handjobs and a back rub.

Thus the "gay sauna" or bathhouse is where you go to have sex with strangers, allowing for various forms of exhibitionism and voyeurism. hence why it's amusing that a couple could be fined for shagging in a sauna is a bit like a hotel hosting a swingers convention being shocked that an orgy broke out.

Obviously this is what one would call an actual sauna, your health clubs, wellness and what not.

If you're having trouble telling them apart, I'd go by the condoms and lube. If they hand them out, you can smash. If not, no shagging please, it's not that kind of sauna.

The various levels of squeamishness as regards the naked form are always good for a giggle. When I was a gym rat in NZ I'd take the paper into the sauna afterwards, in order to provide a fig leaf to avoid scaring the colonials :)

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Re: Sauna's and bathhouses

“It's not a brothel, it's an executive health spa!” - Jean, Twin Town (1997)

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Allo, Allo

I'm thinking knackwursts and fallen Madonnas with the big boobies.

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Re: Allo, Allo

Was that Helga and Herr Flick in the sauna?

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It was in Herr Flick's _Gestapo_ Sauna.

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