A German Official Issued A Parking Ticket To A Sculpture And Trolled Everybody
This bent Mercedes-Benz truck is a sculpture, created by Austrian artist Erwin Wurm and installed in the German city of Karlsruhe.
Earlier this week, an inspector decided Wurm's creative, "wheels on the wall" approach to parking was not OK. No siree Bob.
A ticket of 30 euros was issued, and the ZKM Center for Art and Media confirmed it was real.
"It's a real ticket," they wrote on Facebook, adding that they would be liable to pay the fine as the insitution displaying the artwork.
However, the ZKM were ready to fight the ticket – and had the mayor of Karlsruhe on board.
"Frank Mentrup will appeal against the fine on our behalf," they said.
Twitter was awash with discussion about this seemingly over-zealous German parking inspector.
But it turns out the parking inspector in question was neither extremely confused, nor overly persnickety. They were just having a good old joke.
"This was meant by the colleagues from the outset as a joke," a city spokesperson told German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel.
The official went to great lengths to fool the city – printing the ticket, placing it on the car, and then deleting the operation. He even told the clerk's office what he was doing.