Nov 28, 2014 10:19AM

Selfie Sticks Could Get You Arrested Because ~Danger~

Or be fined more than $30,000 Won.

You could go to jail for selling selfie sticks in South Korea. The country's Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has announced that retailers of unapproved Bluetooth-equipped selfie sticks could garner fines of up to $30 million Won (about $31,000 AUD) or up to three years in prison.

Quartz reports that the South Korean government "appears to be worried about the health effects of electromagnetic radiation," and that under the country's Wireless Telegraphy Act any device that emits electromagnetic waves need to be certified before sale. Because ~danger!~


You could say that if the crackdown means even one less selfie stick on the streets, then it's done a fine job — but you could also say contrary-wise that the Government is exploiting a technicality to intrude on people's harmless personal goings on.

We vote for the right to use selfie sticks, but maintain constant hope that eventually nobody will utilise that right. Freedom for all! Selfie sticks for very few and only when it's absolutely necessary.

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Emily Royal