• Sweden edition
 

Swedish teen shocked by 'wonky boob' insult

Published: 16 Nov 2011 16:23 GMT+01:00
Updated: 16 Nov 2011 16:23 GMT+01:00

A few weeks ago the girl sent a text message to 118 800, a directory assistance service which offers users contact information as well as answers to other general questions.

In her inquiry, the 14-year-old girl asked who she was, according to the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

A few minutes later, the girl received the following answer:

“XX is a girl with boobs that are too big and wonky who likes to pretend she's a blowfish at the clubs at Stureplan with random Syrian disco princes. Sometimes she blogs and one notices she only has 3 percent of her brain left because she's injected it into her lips.”

The girl and her mother shocked by the lengthy response and have reported the matter to police.

“This is a form of verbal sexual assault,” the girl's mother told the newspaper.

A police spokesperson told DN that the message would most likely be considered a form of general insult that wouldn't result in criminal charges, although the family could opt to pursue a civil case against the company.

Markus Öhman, the CEO of 118 800 told the newspaper that the company was “sorry” that the messages “slipped through” despite clear guidelines.

“It was just mean and not funny,” he told DN, adding that he had since spoken to the employee who sent the message.

“He thought he was sending it to another person.”

The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

16:55 November 16, 2011 by Shibumi
Oh fer crissakes! I click on these headlines thinking that the article must, in at least some small measure, be newsworthy. Fooled again! When will I ever learn?
17:46 November 16, 2011 by this_aint_sparta
"He thought he was sending it to another person."

what can be the possible question, the answer to which was this?
18:33 November 16, 2011 by fikatid
She wanted to find out who she was but now, she doesn't want to know who she is. Hope this taught her a lesson not to waste money like that.
19:44 November 16, 2011 by Token-not-found
I think he's right.

Though it was a big ethical breach.
19:54 November 16, 2011 by Opinionfool
Do 14 year olds really ask the existential question "who am I?" In any case the answer to that question should have already been provided by the parents.

Otherwise if the question was intended to be funny, then the given answer is as appropriate as any other.

The only time this answer is "verbal sexual assault" is if the respondent knows the questioner personally. And then one has to ask why is the male employee of 118 800 taking such an intimate interest in a 14 year old girl. Or did he think he was texting his girlfriend? For that she should give him a hard slap across the face.
21:50 November 16, 2011 by Tanskalainen
Is this where the term Willie Wonka comes from?
00:37 November 17, 2011 by hughknows
The thing is the guy was playing a numbers game, except the girl was too young for the clubbing description. One could be forgiven for thinking that he could have texted that back to any adolescent girl in Stockholm and had perhaps an 80 percent chance of it being 80 percent accurate.
05:53 November 17, 2011 by cattie
Unfortunately.... Tyvärrr... it "slipped" through.

One or more people should be fired directly, as would happen in any country with any common sense of personal responsiblity.

He got "a good talking to"

Accountability at its Swedish best.
09:03 November 17, 2011 by nolikegohome
the girl should have texed back and said how do u know i got wonky boobs? have u seen them?
09:17 November 17, 2011 by Opinionfool
@cattie

The problem with "common sense" is it isn't common at all. It's an a postiori intrusion into argumentation based on the fallacity that it is a priori. One can suggest that the worker at 118 800 should have thought more carefully about what he wrote but quite honestly a stupid question deserves a stupid answer.
12:24 November 17, 2011 by cattie
@Opinionfool

Your assumption is the texts were between independent peers, or even adults. The girl was a paying customer the 118 800 response was from an employee responding to a customer. I am well-aware of the the long Swedish tradition of poor customer service. This goes beyond poor customer service. this is abuse of the customer. Any inquiry to the 118 800 service (no matter how inane) is paid for by the customer.

The employee was representing his employer in an official capacity. Any firm with a profit motive should fire employees who abuse the paying customers.
20:59 November 17, 2011 by Opinionfool
@cattie

So exactly what answer should have been provided? "You are Cattie of The Local and are aged 14"? Of course that then begs the question "why are you using this service from your mobile and preventing more important contacts to us?"

Or should it have been, "this is the eternal question asked by all philosophers, 'who am I? Descartes said 'I think, therefore I am' but that raises issues on epistomology that later philosophers answered different. Perhaps the real answer is "Cattie" that we simply don't know because there is nothing beyond the great silence of unknowing.'

Or should there have been no answer, the enactment of that great silence of unknowing leaving the questioner with no answer at all.

Whichever way you look at it, providing no answer, writing the philosophical treatise, stating the facts (which would raise ethical issues of why is an unknown adult texting a 14 year old girl), or the hilarious "wonky boob" jibe, 118 800 and the operative concerned are on a hiding to nowhere. It's like the question I now ask you "when did you stop abusing yourself?" There is no answer that isn't itself incriminating.
20:15 November 20, 2011 by yourkidding
If there isn't a close up picture of a pair of boobs.....you are not on "The Local" site ;-)
12:59 November 21, 2011 by Spizzico
Is this a news?
17:59 November 21, 2011 by Opinionfool
@yourkidding

Although the main article doesn't have a picture of boobs, the adjacent summary column does. So I guess we are on The Local site after all.
10:14 November 22, 2011 by GeeG
The parents need to do a better job of monitoring their child's behavior and stop looking for an easy law suit. I don't know or care if service is real or a joke, but you get what you pay for when you ask a strangers opinion.
01:27 November 28, 2011 by Swordgeek
"A few weeks ago the girl sent a text message to 118 800" ..and that's how far this article held my interest.
18:07 December 4, 2011 by Local Will
"I know you are, but what am I?"
00:56 December 5, 2011 by Da Goat
Ask a silly question get a silly answer ! Simple .

seems like the guy had his description right as he got a bite!

now we just need a picture of those wonky boobs!

I thought she got what she deserved a funny answer to her funny question!

if not she needs to visit me so we can sort out who she is ! I don't mind wonky boobs. or is it the girl is the wonky boob attached to the nice breasts??
Today's headlines
National
Swedish town 'like Venice' after heavy rains
Photo: TT

Swedish town 'like Venice' after heavy rains

Torrential rains in western Sweden have left some towns submersed as water levels have risen to 1.5 metres above normal for the season with forecasts indicating that is worse to come. READ  

Ebola crisis
Sweden pledges new aid to UN Ebola fund
Photo: TT

Sweden pledges new aid to UN Ebola fund

Sweden has offered a new sizeable contribution to the fund set up by UN chief Ban K-moon to fight the Ebola outbreak. READ  

Society
'Dark forces' target refugee hunting scheme
Photo: Lars-Göran Thuresson/Älgriket

'Dark forces' target refugee hunting scheme

The Swedish hunting association runs a project to encourage young asylum-seekers to learn about hunting, a move which has proved controversial among some far right groups. READ  

Business & Money
American sales squeeze Ericsson profits
Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg presents the third-quarter earnings report at the company's headquarters in Kista. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT

American sales squeeze Ericsson profits

Swedish telecoms equipment maker Ericsson reported a decline in net profit in the third quarter despite an increase in sales, boosted by business in emerging markets. READ  

Interview
'Too many concerts feel the same'
Sofar hosts secret gigs in Swedish apartments. Photo: Sofar

'Too many concerts feel the same'

Kattis Bjork founded Stockholm's secret gig scene - Sofar - a year ago. The Local caught up with her as she prepared to celebrate the project's anniversary this weekend and revealed the concept will spread to other Swedish cities in 2015. READ  

Stockholm 'sub hunt'
Sweden calls off suspect submarine search
Ships are returning to shore in Sweden. Photo: TT

Sweden calls off suspect submarine search

The core search for a suspected foreign vessel in Swedish waters has been called off. The armed forces said they remained convinced foreign underwater activity had taken place but had not identified an intruder. READ  

Business & Money
US and Japan fuel surge for Volvo trucks
Ed Carbaugh prepares to install parts on a truck engine on an assembly line at Volvo Trucks' powertrain manufacturing facility in Hagerstown, Maryland, March 2014. Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP

US and Japan fuel surge for Volvo trucks

Sweden's Volvo, the world's second-largest maker of trucks, said Friday it saw a spike in profits in the third quarter, boosted by thriving sales in the US and Japanese markets. READ  

Inspectors attacked at rogue doc’s surgery
Cigarettes and beer photo: Shutterstock

Inspectors attacked at rogue doc’s surgery

Inspectors who were sent to shut down a doctor’s surgery in Gothenburg were physically attacked and fled the premises to get help from the police. READ  

Police turn Swede’s vodka into water
A Swede loads a car with alcohol in northern Germany. File photo: Drago Prvulovic/TT

Police turn Swede’s vodka into water

Swedish police say they will pay a man 16,000 kronor ($2,200) in damages after much of the alcohol they confiscated from him was stolen, while many of the bottles they returned were filled with water. READ  

Diplomacy
US to get first female ambassador in Sweden
File photo: Athena Center for Leadership Studies

US to get first female ambassador in Sweden

The United States Embassy in Stockholm is set to get its first female ambassador after the White House announced it was nominating the Iranian-American ex-investment banker Azita Raji to take over from Mark Brzezinski. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Lifestyle
What's On in Sweden: October 24th - 31st
Gallery
People-watching: October 22nd
Gallery
In Pictures: Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist
Lifestyle
Eight things to love about renting a Swedish apartment
National
Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden
Blog updates

24 October

Editor’s blog, October 24th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hi readers, Get ready to read our weekly digest of Swedish news in less than 60 seconds. The..." READ »

 

24 October

Is darkness weather? (Blogweiser) »

"I try very hard not to talk about the weather. This has come after a decade..." READ »

 
 
 
National
Sub hunt: Day-by-day
National
Sub hunt: Stockholm islanders share their fears with The Local
Sponsored Article
The best options for oversea transfers
National
Get 20% off unique Swedish homeware
National
Dentist gives free care to Roma beggars
Business & Money
Get your own office in Gothenburg or Stockholm - free for a day
Gallery
Property of the week: Malmö
Gallery
PHOTOS: 'Foreign activity' in Swedish waters
Gallery
People-watching: October 19th
TT
Society
QUIZ: How good is your Swedish?
Lifestyle
What's on in Sweden: October 17th - 24th
Society
The nudity... and nine other things expat men notice in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 15th
Gallery
Your views: Should outdoor smoking be banned in Sweden?
Business & Money
Sweden has 'large hole' in finances
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Finding a job in Stockholm
Society
Monster salmon caught in northern Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week: Lorensberg
National
Scandinavia's child bride
National
Ebola crisis: How is Sweden preparing?
Business & Money
How Sweden is becoming a cashless society
Gallery
Stockholm Burlesque Festival 2014
National
How a little red horse became a symbol for Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 12th
Business & Money
The hottest start-ups from southern Sweden
National
What's on in Sweden: October 10th - 17th
National
Stockholm is 'best' region for well-being
Gallery
People-watching: October 8th
National
Five facts to know about Patrick Modiano
Society
My Swedish Career: A French fashionista in Sweden
Society
Swede's anti-bully Facebook tale goes viral
Society
Have you seen Sweden's viral subway cancer campaign?
National
Isis: Swedes linked to Turkish prisoner swap
National
Should Swedes be banned from buying sex abroad?
Gallery
Fredrik Reinfeldt's leaving presents
National
Five Swedish TV shows you shouldn't miss
Gallery
A tool belt, a casserole, and a book. Fredrik Reinfeldt's parliament gifts
TT
Lifestyle
Top five winter festivals in Sweden
TT
National
Sami reindeer herders win mine reprieve
Gallery
Property of the Week: Gamla Enskede
Sponsored Article
How to catch the first lobster of the year
Team SCA
Sponsored Article
All-female SCA team takes off on Volvo Ocean Race
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

985
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN