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Courtesy of the Daily What, which (who?) asks: "Can someone with insight into German culture please explain how this is able to occur without interruption in broad daylight on a (presumably) in-service train?"
Posted by Andrew on November 19, 2010 at 01:29 PM in Art, German Customs and Manners, Graffiti | Permalink
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I agree with ian. I don't see the mystery. It's not exactly difficult to find a train station remote enough that the likelihood of police arriving within 10 minutes or so is negligible. With that many people you can easily arrange for lookouts reducing the risk further.
As long as you put a minimum of thought into choosing the time and location finding a train that is mostly empty isn't a problem either.
That the driver and passengers aren't overly motivated to confront a dozen masked strangers over a property crime doesn't really surprise me.
I wonder what the alternative is supposed to be.
November 19, 2010 at 09:11 PM
Why shouldn’t it happen? I hope nobody would be so stupid and risk their own health going up against some sprayers, especially since that train seems to be (mostly) empty and that conductor isn’t exactly young.
He certainly immediately called the police but they take some time to arrive, probably enough for the sprayers to get the job done and get away.
November 19, 2010 at 06:50 PM
Call me an idiot, but there is a connection with Google StreetView and its many blurred out houses in Germany. By many people privacy and individuality are seen as something of absolute value. Public service isn't something people are proud of. Public space is sort of a second-grade space. People don't care about it much. Only municipalities and companies are willing to invest money and improve it.
What you see above are the proud little people, fighting against the big company which is intruding their privacy, trying to make big money. Everyone could enter that train and take a look at that lovely place where the young people used to shit undisturbed in the corner. How dare they!
Those young and brave heroes decided to blur everything out. They are only "little people", but when they stick together, the big companies have no chance. Take that, capitalism! People will win!
November 19, 2010 at 05:19 PM
Some one-horse town, no CCTV cameras even installed, pre-planned attack, train disabled, police probably called immediately but no time to respond because stationed too far away. Not a problem at all.
Now I just hope they catch the bastards.
ian in hamburg |
November 19, 2010 at 04:41 PM
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