I Know I’m In Germany When It’s…VERBOTEN!

We were on another one of our Bavarian city tours yesterday (in Regensburg, more about that in a later post), when my Mum spotted this notice on a door:

"The depositing of free newspapers and advertising in front of the door or the letter boxes is forbidden Violations will be prosecuted! The administrator"

“The depositing of free newspapers and advertising in front of the door or the letter boxes is forbidden.
Violations will be prosecuted! The administrator”


Ha ;-)

Ha πŸ˜‰

And no, the intrepid violators weren’t the two of us, in case you were wondering…

I’m linking this to travelwithintent’s Look Up, Look Down photo challenge, which, coincidentally, is all about signs this week πŸ™‚


55 thoughts on “I Know I’m In Germany When It’s…VERBOTEN!

  1. Debbie Smyth

    ha ha! Brilliant! Perfect for this week’s challenge. The administrator probably chose a door without a letter box deliberately and then people just put the stuff on the doorstep:)


      1. aishasoasis

        Lol, illegally deposited everything is a problem here! This country is notoriously dirty because there’s no infrastructure for trash cleanup. It’s quite pitiful, but very little to be done about it, the culture here is very lax about litter so I don’t think anything will change any time soon. It’s a bit shocking to western eyes!!!


  2. heatherinde

    Ha! Verboten is one of my favorite German words, just because it sounds so very, very hardcore Deutsch when you say it. I also enjoy yelling out “Schweinsteiger!” at random intervals during any football match he shows up in for the very same reason. πŸ˜‰


  3. Nerdator

    Oh, these people clearly haven’t yet reached the state of resignation in the face of snail-mail spam. πŸ™‚

    In the house, where my brother’s flat is, they just have a cardboard box under the letter boxes, so that the people who live there can just throw away the ads and brochures on the spot.


      1. Nerdator

        Oh, and I’m assuming the bins for paper aren’t too large, are they? Actually, with this in mind, I’m surprised that these people haven’t set up surveillance cameras to register the offenders and the times when they come. Perhaps, also a bear trap or two. πŸ™‚


      2. Nerdator

        I mean, if I were a person who delivers the spam, I’d definitely be scared off, if I came up to this door, and saw my picture on it with the words ‘WE KNOW’ under it.


      3. Nerdator

        Exactly. πŸ™‚ I think it’s cheaper than hiring lawyers and better than dispensing empty threats in angry notices.


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  6. Bavarian Bystander

    Weeeell, to be nitpicking:
    The “Mittelbayerische” is neither a free newspaper nor advertising, so it’s perfectly ok with the sign to put it in front of the door πŸ˜‰


    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      Yeah, somebody pointed out that the offending piece of print in question may indeed be a subscription newspaper and, hence, ‘legal’ – but it still made us laugh πŸ˜‰



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