Over-zealous German cop slaps parking ticket on car sculpture


#1

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#2

Could be he just had a sense of humor?

Oh, Germany? Nevermind.


#3

The police was just playing along. They thought, this piece of art is a car, and a car needs a parking ticket.

Makes perfectly sense to me.


#4

So did Wurm tell the cop to go get bent?


#5

If I were him I’d pay it. If it weren’t for that ticket, his art would have likely only been seen by locals. Now it’s gone viral and his name is everywhere. I have no idea how much 33lbs is equatable to in dollars, but I’ll bet it’s still cheap advertising.


#6

There was no way for the cop to know that this was art. It has a valid license plate and all. Might just be a shitty parking job.


#7

The Germans don’t use pounds, they use kilograms. So about 15 kg (at sea level).


#8

Yes; Germans do. The myth of Teutonic humourlessness is just that - a myth. German humour just tends to be rather deadpan. Putting a parking ticket on a sculpture would fall into this category.

Also, German parking tickets are reasonable. I once parked by mistake in a pay space and didn’t notice the meter, in a small town in Bavaria. When I got back I had a parking ticket - for about $3. In Germany, parking tickets are not a source of revenue for the a corrupt town administration.

Corrected due to comment by @art_carnage


#9

I’d have ticketed it too, just for giggles.


#10

Without a parking ticket, the art was incomplete. Being art does not change the responsibility of the cop. Illegally parked is illegally parked, no matter the artistic merit of the vehicle.


#11

Lovely Rita, POLITESSE!, doesn’t have the same ring to it really. But I’m sure it was for giggles.


#12

Americans have a sense of humor too, it just tends to involve mocking other people and cultures. It’s okay though, I’m of German descent! I spent time in Germany! Some of my best friends are German! :smiley:


#13

Sorry, going off on a tangent here: this reminded me of an American comic making a joke on that trope that Germans have no sense of humor. Saying that the Germans didn’t even get The Three Stooges, said in a German accent, “Why do they call this man Curly, he doesn’t even have any hair?”


#14

This is apparently considered art in Australia although I don’t see a ticket on it


#15

Of course, it’s a collection of awful stereotypes, but still funny, in context…


#16

Then how does the corrupt town administration fund itself?


#17

I hear “The Thinker” got a ticket for public nudity and loitering.


#18

#19

Hmm. That’s a bit dated…


#20

If he weren’t already an internationally famous and exhibited artist. Which he is.