Berlin: Grandpa Mistaken for Beetle


Photograph by jj_mac
Photograph by jj_mac

When it comes to strange European news, Berlin is hot this week. The latest episode? Berliners looked on as a 91-year-old man got stuck to his roof while recoating it with bitumen.

After the nonagenarian slipped, neighbors called the fire department. At first, observing youngsters assumed that, due to the man’s age, he was trying to commit suicide. One witness said he looked “like a beetle on its back.”

As a matter of fact, kiddo, the man in question was simply trying to spruce up his surroundings.

C’mon, peeps, can’t an on old timer put a roof over his head without the attention of local authorities and the international press? Back in the old days, a man could slip and fall in peace. Put that verdammt camera away before I box your ears with it!

Unfortunately, it appears ageism is an epidemic that knows no boundaries.

About the author

Kari Hoerchler

En junio 2000, Kari moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina and never looked back...until she ran out of pesos. After another round of bank riots, the travel lady bug moved to more stable financial ground: Wall Street. (Hey, no laughing!) Currently the Listings Manager for Over There Interactive for cold, hard cash, she is also a co-author of The Maneater Murder Mystery Series and Venue Goddess for Lit Crawl NYC.

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