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Earbyte started this discussion 3 years, 4 months ago:

Get away with it in Germany

So, I have a new project I am working on. I need to come up with a list of things you can do in Germany that you would never get away with in the states. For example, peeing on the side of the road. In Germany, someone who sees this would normally just carry on with their day. In the states, you are looking at a bunch of different fines, possible jail time, etc. Another one is drinking at 16 (maybe younger?), or even drinking in public for that matter.

If you can think of anything you have noticed, please list it. I am trying to come up with as much as possible for this "experiment". If there is anything you find more lax in Germany, just list it, even if it's not something all that big.

No America Bashing. Not trying to take it there.

Thanks!
-EarByte



3 years, 4 months ago

Cutting in line. Ever been to a McDeath or other restaurant where there is no queue, but instead a bunch of registers? People are supposed to make a line in front of each register.

If you are standing there looking at the menu and not actually ordering food, even if you are standing at the register, someone will cut in front of you if they are ready to order.


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Having a toilet with a shelf.

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Walk away without leaving extra 15%+ on the table for a waitress/waiter.

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"Valentine" clubs

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3 years, 4 months ago

Quote by JOFTAA:
"Valentine" clubs


Perfect! What else?

3 years, 4 months ago

Driving as fast as you want

Swimming naked at a public pool

3 years, 4 months ago

Quote by kyhoods:
Driving as fast as you want

Swimming naked at a public pool



Yep, both good things. How about something that most people don't know about, but you found out one way or another, and thought "Well, that must be nice".

For example: Kindergeld, and all the pregnancy benefits (Paid leave for 2+ years)?

3 years, 4 months ago

Parking in handicap spots at shopping centers without fear of a huge fine. Seriously, at Globus those slots are the first things to fill up. Maybe one car in 5 has a handicap placard.

3 years, 4 months ago

Quote by Earbyte:
Yep, both good things. How about something that most people don't know about, but you found out one way or another, and thought "Well, that must be nice".

For example: Kindergeld, and all the pregnancy benefits (Paid leave for 2+ years)?


Ok, looking at it that way, the Germans or at least the ones working for the government, get unlimited sick leave.

Also, a prescription to a nice resort like environment if you are stressed out, have asthma, etc. A Kur house. Imagine getting that benefit in the US.

3 years, 4 months ago

yes - the Kur after difficult operations (like cancer) are very helpful - some month at home - company has to pay 6 weeks more - then the rentenkasse start to pay - and you start into the job with 2 to 4 hours the day.....
knowing the benefit of this by myself - and how hard an "brother in pain" had to do in the US

alcohol..... beer legal age 16 - others age 18
if you life village - first experience with that.... a bit before that age.

3 years, 4 months ago

What about the "staring at you" thing ?





Where I live that can endanger your lifespan !

3 years, 4 months ago

Quote by xtraloud:
What about the "staring at you" thing ?





Where I live that can endanger your lifespan !


Good point. The German Stare!

2 years, 8 months ago

I still like the staring-thing a lot. - I guess the KA is call it "neighbourhood-watch"... in my Little street, I live it is like this........ you car did not belong the here.... eyes gone follow you...

other.... paying 19% VAT on most everything here.....
we (Germans) do not say thank you as often... not as polite on the phone (from my perspective of talking to my customers).

I gone tell you realy my situation, incl. Family and health - if you ask me "how are you"

2 years, 8 months ago

Sweeping your sidewalk and street - you can't get people to cut their grass in the States w/o a HOA enforcing it (...I'm from Kentucky)!

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