Latvian consumer rights watchdog moves in on fidget spinners

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Latvia's Consumers Rights Protection Center (PTAC) on July 12 warned Latvians about an unsafe type of fidget spinner which can be opened too easily thus posing a risk of children swallowing the batteries. 

After a request by the country's customs service, PTAC has tested a total 6,403 fidget spinners, of which 480 were banned while another 480 were deemed unsafe for children. 

The unsafe spinner can be identified with NO:2701. PTAC suggests people only buy fidget spinners with difficult-to-remove batteries. 

Pointedly, the PTAC release doesn't use the official Latvian term for a fidget spinner (grozāmgrābslis, which translates as 'a thing to grab and spin') as set by the State Language Center, often referred to as the 'language police'.

Instead PTAC uses spineris, an adaption from the English 'spinner'.

Many have expressed distaste at the language cops' latest proposal, which not only does not qualify as a sense translation but also sounds odd to many ears. 

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