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