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Bonn Christmas Market dispute: Honey saga has happy ending as beekeeper reopens stall

Bonn Christmas Market dispute : Honey saga has happy ending as beekeeper reopens stall

Klaus Maresch comes to an agreement with the city and removes the advertisement for a fantasy authority from his Christmas market hut.

The disagreement between Klaus Maresch and the city of Bonn has been resolved. The beekeeper reopened his Bonn Christmas market stand, where he sells honey products, on Wednesday. The dispute was over advertising on Maresch’s stand for the fantasy Bundesamt für magische Wesen (Federal Office for Magical Creatures) or BAfmW, which was a thorn in the market authority’s side.

The city press office said both sides had agreed on Wednesday morning that the beekeeper would remove the sign from outside his stand. Maresch said he would still be allowed to advertise the BAfmW from inside his stand. He had closed the stand on Tuesday, triggering a wave of pity on social media. Many of those leaving comments disagreed with the market authority’s handing of the situation and labelled it a killjoy.

Maresch confirmed he is allowed to sell the fantasy books he writes under the pseudonym Ulrich Hagen and other BAfmW products at his stand. “It clearly stated in my application to the city of Bonn that I would offer BAfmW products at my stand like last year,” said Maresch. There was full agreement to this in the discussions.

Original text: Lisa Inhoffen. Translated by Kate Carey.