German court stops video rentals on Sundays

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16 October 2006, Frankfurt (dpa) - A court in Germany has stopped a company from operating automated video and DVD rental machines on Sundays, saying they violate Sunday shopping laws. The ruling by an administrative court in Stuttgart upholds a directive issued by the southern city of Heilbronn, the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported Monday. "The operation of an automated video library on Sundays and public holidays represents an overt and clearly visible work practice and as such violates

16 October 2006

Frankfurt (dpa) - A court in Germany has stopped a company from operating automated video and DVD rental machines on Sundays, saying they violate Sunday shopping laws.

The ruling by an administrative court in Stuttgart upholds a directive issued by the southern city of Heilbronn, the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported Monday.

"The operation of an automated video library on Sundays and public holidays represents an overt and clearly visible work practice and as such violates Sunday peace," the judges said.

The operators said the court ruling would hit their business by more than 14 per cent because weekends were the most popular time for film and DVD game rentals.

One operator claimed the film rental business was being discriminated against, arguing that vending machines for cigarettes and sweets were allowed to operate without any restrictions.

Shopping hours are strictly regulated in Germany, with most stores allowed to open only on a handful of Sundays in the run-up to Christmas.

DPA

Subject: German news

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