Many people are afraid of cell phones and base stations because they emit radiation. These people tend to know very little about physics, and are generally unaware that daylight through a window on an overcast day is also radiation. Much careful research has turned up no significant health risks with cell phone use or proximity to base stations.
So your mobile handset is unlikely to cause you any harm. But a recent case in the district court of Falun, Sweden, demonstrates that cell phone alarmism is in fact dangerous.
An elderly gentleman who feared cell phone radiation greatly saw his grand-daughter answer her phone while holding her newborn baby. This made him so angry that he called the young mother a number of ugly names and hit her repeatedly across the back of her neck — while she was still holding the baby, and with his own daughter as distraught witness. He was recently sentenced to 50 hours’ community service, payment of a $1300 reparation and two years’ probation. This soft sentence was given in consideration of the man’s “settled lifestyle”, which makes repeat offences unlikely.
None of this would have happened if the guy had just called his grand-daughter instead.
Via Dalarnas Tidningar. Thanks to Anders B.