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German Drunk Finds Car, Two Years Later  
User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12333 posts, RR: 25
Posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2416 times:

This just in from Southern Germany:

Quote:

A man in southern Germany has been reunited with his car two years after forgetting where he parked, Bavarian police said on Thursday.

...

Authorities discovered it by chance last month after a traffic warden noticed that its inspection stickers had expired - 4 km from the spot where the now 33-year-old craftsman originally thought he had parked.

It goes on to say he had $50k worth of tools in the trunk/boot, and they were still there.

I wonder how one explains away all of this?


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User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5977 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2410 times:

Dude, wo ist mein Auto?   

User currently onlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7197 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2281 times:

Where the heck did he park it for two years that it didn't get towed?!

Quoting CPH-R (Reply 1):
Dude, wo ist mein Auto?

  



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User currently offlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13033 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2274 times:

All I can say is that he must have been on one real hell of a bender.   

That his tools were still in the trunk is amazing. Guess he parked it in the 'nice' area of town. I wonder if he drove it to where he left it as so drunk he couldn't go any further or realizing if got caught, he would go to jail. I hope he has gone to reahab.


User currently offlineNewark727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 1332 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2269 times:

Quoting ltbewr (Reply 3):
That his tools were still in the trunk is amazing.

Well if they were in the trunk and he locked it it's possible no one would know that there was anything valuable in there.


User currently onlinePanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 9156 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2235 times:

That indicates what a safe country Germany really is. One of the beat qualities of live in the whole world,

And the bureaucracy works in your favor as well.

Inspection stickers expired? You bet someone will notice that offense and they will tell you with a neat little penalty notice for a few € et voila, your car is back with all the contents.



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User currently onlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7112 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2218 times:

I would have thought his insurance company ownes the car now, I would have made a claim for a stolen vehicle.

User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2628 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1962 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 2):
Where the heck did he park it for two years that it didn't get towed?!

That makes we wonder whether they have rednecks in Germany.

"You might be a redneck if you have a home that's mobile, and six cars that aren't." - Jeff Foxworthy



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User currently offlineYokoTsuno From Singapore, joined Feb 2011, 348 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1951 times:

Quoting Airstud (Reply 7):
That makes we wonder whether they have rednecks in Germany.

They do. The German call this "bauerlümmel" if I am not mistaken . In fact they have this everywhere. Our version here is a Ah Beng: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ah_Beng.


User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12333 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1896 times:

Quoting Airstud (Reply 7):
"You might be a redneck if you have a home that's mobile, and six cars that aren't." - Jeff Foxworthy

"You might be a redneck if you cut the grass and find a car!"

Describes my brother to a tee, god bless him.



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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13967 posts, RR: 63
Reply 10, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1891 times:

Quoting YokoTsuno (Reply 8):

They do. The German call this "bauerlümmel" if I am not mistaken . In fact they have this everywhere. Our version here is a Ah Beng: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ah_Beng.

No, we simply call them "Proll" , from "prolete". As my Dad, who used to be a miner before he became a scientist once said: "F##en und besoffen sein, das ist des Bergmann´s Glück allein" (F##ing and being drunk is the sole happiness of a miner). The English call them "Chavs", the Scots "Neds", the Aussies AFAIK "Bogans". No ambition to get forward, no interest in education, complete fixation on brands and status symbols.
You can have urban and rural versions of this kind. I grew up in a city, but am now living in a rural village and I have seen both.

Jan


User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12333 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1872 times:

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 10):
No ambition to get forward, no interest in education, complete fixation on brands and status symbols.

I don't think the US "redneck" has those fixations on brands and status symbols.

We tend to use "metrosexual" for that, and indeed the UK "chav" covers that very well.

"Redneck" really originates from the red neck that someone gets from being in the outdoors all day, meaning a farm hand, and one who really doesn't care about their appearance.

The somewhat more civilized version of this, one who isn't outdoors all day, usually is just called "white trash".

Non-whites have their own pejoratives, which I won't get into here.



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User currently offlinezkojq From New Zealand, joined Sep 2011, 1140 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1870 times:

Do we know what kind of car it is?

Quoting Revelation (Thread starter):
It goes on to say he had $50k worth of tools in the trunk/boot

My parents have a lot of very expensive power tools, but I still struggle to imagine how one would fit that much money's worth into the boot of a car.

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 5):

That indicates what a safe country Germany really is. One of the beat qualities of live in the whole world,

Agreed, wholeheartedly.

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 6):
I would have thought his insurance company ownes the car now, I would have made a claim for a stolen vehicle.

Would an insurance company accept the claim? I'd love to see the claim form.  I would think that the insurance assesor would have just laughed at the guy and reject the claim.



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User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8787 posts, RR: 24
Reply 13, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1870 times:

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 10):
No, we simply call them "Proll" , from "prolete". As my Dad, who used to be a miner before he became a scientist once said: "F##en und besoffen sein, das ist des Bergmann´s Glück allein" (F##ing and being drunk is the sole happiness of a miner). The English call them "Chavs", the Scots "Neds", the Aussies AFAIK "Bogans". No ambition to get forward, no interest in education, complete fixation on brands and status symbols

That's not a redneck. As Revelation mentioned, the term comes from the sunburn you get when you are doing manual labor out in the sun all day. Rednecks are made fun of for their lack of class and education (as Foxworthy said, "a glorious absence of sophistication"), but I think that says more about the snobbishness and elitism of those who criticize them than anything else. But when you get down to it, rednecks are the salt of the earth.



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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12333 posts, RR: 25
Reply 14, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1852 times:

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 13):
I think that says more about the snobbishness and elitism of those who criticize them than anything else.

Since we're talking about the realm of humor, it's fine if the snobs take their share of it too.

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 13):
But when you get down to it, rednecks are the salt of the earth.

It depends. Some are OK with that kind of life and are trying to improve their lives and that of their kids, and others are just downright mean and angry and don't even care if their kids do any better than they do.

BTW I'm not saying that farmhands necessarily have a life that needs improving, but it's clear that many don't have great access to education and have a hard time with getting enough good food and having health care issues.



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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13967 posts, RR: 63
Reply 15, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1852 times:

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 13):
That's not a redneck. As Revelation mentioned, the term comes from the sunburn you get when you are doing manual labor out in the sun all day. Rednecks are made fun of for their lack of class and education (as Foxworthy said, "a glorious absence of sophistication"), but I think that says more about the snobbishness and elitism of those who criticize them than anything else. But when you get down to it, rednecks are the salt of the earth.

Well, I´m a bluecollar worker myself, I work a lot outside in all kinds of weather, performing physical work, I have a old car packed away in a barn for future restoration, drive an old, beaten up Landrover, live in the hills in a rural village and play the banjo. I also have an extensive library though and enjoy learning new things. Where does this leave me?  

I hate the consume and throw away society and rather repair old appliances (and cars) than to buy a new one.

Jan


User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8787 posts, RR: 24
Reply 16, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1840 times:

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 15):
Well, I´m a bluecollar worker myself, I work a lot outside in all kinds of weather, performing physical work, I have a old car packed away in a barn for future restoration, drive an old, beaten up Landrover, live in the hills in a rural village and play the banjo. I also have an extensive library though and enjoy learning new things. Where does this leave me?

Redneck! 



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User currently onlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7112 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1832 times:

Quoting zkojq (Reply 12):
Would an insurance company accept the claim? I'd love to see the claim form. I would think that the insurance assesor would have just laughed at the guy and reject the claim.

I wouldn't say I lost the car I would report it stolen and claim as such. Maybe if he'd reported it stolen to the police it might have been found much quicker.


User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1826 times:

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 10):
the Aussies AFAIK "Bogans". No ambition to get forward, no interest in education, complete fixation on brands and status symbols.

I wouldn't have thought bogans are all that worried about brands and status symbols. Maybe they would go for Holden, under the mistaken belief that it is Australian, rather than Ford, but otherwise? That sounds more like what used to be called "yuppies" and "dinkies" - the sort that would pay a premium because the item had a "designer label" despite being made in the same sweat shop or by by a low-paid outworker as another, otherwise identical item.


User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6528 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1807 times:

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 17):
I wouldn't say I lost the car I would report it stolen and claim as such. Maybe if he'd reported it stolen to the police it might have been found much quicker.

Indeed the same happened to my father except without the alcohol, just that losing stuff is in our blood. He parked the car not far from home to get some baguettes and then walked home. The day after my parents thought the car had been stolen from in front of the house so contacted the police, it was found the same day.



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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13967 posts, RR: 63
Reply 20, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1796 times:

When I was living in SNN years ago, one evening I went to the local pub with a few of my Irish colleagues. I had several pints   , so I decided to walk back home instead of using my car. Next morning, when I wanted to go to work, my car wasn´t outside in it´s usualy spot. I called the guards (Irish police) and reported my car stolen. Then, a few minutes later, I remembered about the night out before and called the guards to disregard my previous call. In fact, my car was still safe in the pub´s parking lot.   

Jan


User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1705 times:

Quoting Revelation (Thread starter):
German Drunk Finds Car, Two Years Later

Must have had quite a hangover. 



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19385 posts, RR: 58
Reply 22, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 1608 times:

Quoting Revelation (Thread starter):
I wonder how one explains away all of this?

Well, it happened in

Quoting Revelation (Thread starter):
Germany

There you go.  
Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 10):
The English call them "Chavs"

Chavs are a bit different than rednecks. Chavs are more the urban thuggish kids. Rednecks are rural.


User currently onlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7112 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 1564 times:

And in NZ we have westies and bogans. Easy to spot they usually drive a v8 and are either bald or have a mudflap.

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