German authorities are reportedly mulling an appeal to electronics marts to turn off demonstration games consoles in the daytime because they are often a hangout for truants from school. ( dpa )
The newspaper Welt am Sonntag quoted Udo Nagel, interior minister of Hamburg state, as saying the idea was among 22 recommendations on fighting juvenile delinquency for a meeting of state interior ministers in the coming week.
Youths who cannot afford their own games play with consoles set up for demonstration purposes in city department stores and marts when they should be in school or at trade-training courses.
Police suggested the consoles stay switched off every weekday till 3 pm, according to the report released Saturday, a day before publication.