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Neil Phillips, 44, insists he meant 'no harm' when he posted the jokes online
A sandwich shop owner endured eight hours of questioning by police and had his computer seized for three weeks – after making tasteless Nelson Mandela jokes on the internet.
Neil Phillips, who runs Crumbs in Rugeley, Staffordshire, says he was also finger-printed and DNA-swabbed after officers received complaints about what he insists were harmless gags.
In one online post, the 44-year-old wrote: 'My PC takes so long to shut down I’ve decided to call it Nelson Mandela.'
Mr Phillips was arrested at his home on September 10 and was taken to a police station where he was quizzed about the postings on the Rugeley Soap Box website.
They are jokes that I cut-and-pasted,' insisted Mr Phillips. 'I didn’t make them up and I didn’t put them on a public site.
'You have to sign-up and join. It’s turning into the thought police – you can’t do this, you can’t do that.
reply to post by RoScoLaz
I wouldn't use any of those rags to sneeze on...
I'm not saying it didn't happen or couldn't in this day and age, just waiting for a better source.edit on 12/9/2013 by Kali74 because: (no reason given)