Oh, and I'm supposed to take the ring back, too...

BERLIN Tue Apr 17, 2007 10:07am EDT

The sun breaks through storm clouds as a couple walks along the shore in St. Peter Ording on the North Sea coast January 18, 2007. Business is booming for a Berlin entrepreneur's unique service -- delivering break-up messages for a fee. REUTERS/Christian Charisius

The sun breaks through storm clouds as a couple walks along the shore in St. Peter Ording on the North Sea coast January 18, 2007. Business is booming for a Berlin entrepreneur's unique service -- delivering break-up messages for a fee.

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Business is booming for a Berlin entrepreneur's unique service -- delivering break-up messages for a fee.

Bernd Dressler, who charges 50 euros ($68) to tell people they have been dumped, says he has helped end 200 relationships in the last 11 months.

"I almost never get invited in for a coffee," he told the Berliner Morgenpost newspaper on Monday. "Most of the time they're totally surprised."

Breaking the bad news only takes about three minutes and often leaves the message recipients in a state of shock, said Dressler, a trained economist.

People wanting to dump their partners in person can make use of coaching sessions given by Dressler, who also offers help for those wanting to save their relationships or apologize for going astray.

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