Homeless Swede refuses to pay TV fee as he doesn't own a TV

Jan. 7, 2014 at 1:37 PM

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A homeless Swedish man said he will not pay the $415 fee for public television and radio because he does not own the devices.

The man said he requested to be exempt from the Radiotjanst fee, which funds Swedish public television and radio, when his TV broke in 2012, but he soon became homeless and did not receive the notice that his request had been denied, Swedish news agency TT reported Tuesday.

The man appealed the $415 fee for a year's worth of TV watching to an administrative court, which ruled against him.

"I will never pay because I think I've been wrongly treated," the man said.

The license fee made headlines last year when it was expanded to owners of smartphones, computers and tablets, as Swedish's public Sveriges Television can be accessed via the devices.

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