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Elderly Swedes bloodied in snow shovel brawl

TT/The Local · 6 Jan 2011, 12:48

Published: 06 Jan 2011 12:48 GMT+01:00

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The two neighbours, one man in his seventies and the other in his eighties, disagreed on how to properly deal with removing the snow from the area around their homes.

As the two elderly men were unable to reach resolve their dispute amicably, the disagreement turned ever more heated, soon escalating to a full-out fight, with the men using their snow shovels as weapons.

"Something happened that upset one of the neighbours, who then attacked, while the other one defended himself. It started out with a little shove, then some chaos ensued," Nils-Erik Eriksson, media relations officer at the Jönköping police force, told the local newspaper J-Nytt.

No one was seriously injured in the snowy brawl, although one of the men went to the hospital with a bump on his head and some scratches. The two neighbours have now reported each other to the police for assault, reported the radio station Sveriges Radio Jönköping.

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Your comments about this article

15:13 January 6, 2011 by 2394040
Maybe someone should give both of them a trophy. How many people are able to fight at this age?:):):):):):)
15:33 January 6, 2011 by calebian22
Grumpy Old Men 3
15:58 January 6, 2011 by Swedesmith
Okay, call me weird, but that would have been a hoot to watch!
16:30 January 6, 2011 by fm
The Local is at it again.....This news is SO NEWS WORTHY
17:01 January 6, 2011 by sneal
haha, sorry to laugh, but this is funny.
17:05 January 6, 2011 by Douglas Garner
Someone should have captured this on video! Maybe it will come out on CNN
18:34 January 6, 2011 by Mazi.Mac
Funny news. apart from the age,it is strange to find such HOT tempered person in such a sub-zero temperatures !
18:53 January 6, 2011 by jbat
This must be because of muslim immigrants.. according to fake Swedes... the smith...

19:17 January 6, 2011 by Tanskalainen
.......as the viking genes slowly rise to the surface, Lutheran love is forgotten.....
20:54 January 6, 2011 by Swedesmith
Thems fightin' words, jbat. Grab your shovel and meet me behind the gas station at noon. If I'm not there by 12:15, start without me.
21:13 January 6, 2011 by Nemesis
is this on youtube?
21:49 January 6, 2011 by adigunbabatunde@yahoo.com
^^^yes it on youtube!
22:48 January 6, 2011 by TwoDogs
I are thought this am sum baaad eng.
00:13 January 7, 2011 by GLO
OK where is the women in this story...
00:29 January 7, 2011 by einsteins monkey
a new national sport.... @glo: the women were inside choking each other with pepparkakor... see, winter IS fun!
12:52 January 7, 2011 by McChatter
So it's not just axes they have to ban, it's snow shovels as well! I always thought Swedes were a bit boring. Now I have to change my view on them. Maybe wear a helmet as well!
16:47 January 7, 2011 by tightspotkilo
I wonder if either of them got cold-cocked.
23:51 January 7, 2011 by walter12
That is probably the most fighting the Swedes have seen since they last had a battle with anyone, in the 1740s. The Swedes have been hiding in their so-called Neutrality ever since.
01:46 January 8, 2011 by suckfist
No doubt it was all in slow motion.
14:20 January 8, 2011 by DJECKY
yaha !!! so these guys could do the type of sports we are use to in Africa? Swedes should stop doing copy right.Because they may end up doing but copy wrong.These two smart lads should be fine for immitating.TO them !!!! ( WAS IT SWEET GUYS)
17:25 January 9, 2011 by beeker
This is at least the third snow shovel fight reported in europe this winter. Next all shovels will have to be sold with a Manual with warnings on mis-use. Sort of the same ones as come with a lawn mower. Some of the warnings might be: CAUTION USE ONLY THE FLAT SURFACE WHILE BEATING YOUR NEIGHBOR. DO NOT STICK YOUR TOUNGE TO THE METAL HANDLE. ONLY USE BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 0600-1200 AND 1500 TO 1800. DO NOT USE FOR DIGGING NEAR BURIED POWER LINES.

How do the police keep a straight face when taking a report like this?
19:49 January 9, 2011 by Storeswede
AY tank yust one of dem vas a svede. Da udder mus uv bin a Narsvensk.
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