If we did not know for certain what had happened to the road signs below, it might seem as though some Germans were fed up of being stereotyped as extremely straight-laced and obedient. That might well be the case, but let us first analyze the three of them more carefully.
The first road sign obviously fell victim to a severe hail storm impounding holes into it, this accidentally made it look like somebody had fired at it like a lunatic. But please, who would do something that stupid and pointless? A German?! That’s really too far-fetched.
In the second picture we can make out a no parking-sign that has definitely seen better days. Once it was a proud symbol of law and order shouting out loud and clear: “Don’t you dare! Can’t you see my yellow color that’s warning you to step back?” Yes, this sign used to fight to prevent chaos and lawlessness. But have you ever thought of how exhausting this can be? Fighting for your ideals and being hated for it? It’s back-braking and over time its strength will gradually wane and finally the natural decay will result in such a bad shape. And no way – under no circumstances – would a German batter a road sign like this!
The last one is clearly a misunderstanding. In fact, this sign was never meant to stand anywhere. Some thoughtful officials put it in the lake in order to avoid people underestimating the harmful effect of water on a car engine. Or were you actually thinking that somebody might have hit the sign? Maybe even out of anger over the fact that these bloody signs always stand right where you can park a car perfectly well? No, not in Germany. We don’t hit signs, we adore them!
In conclusion, we have successfully defended the outstanding devotion of Germans to rules and regulations, despite these admittedly slightly ambiguous-looking road sign pictures. And I would really like to further elaborate on this, but sadly I have to head off now – my car has been parked in the no parking zone for hours.