Posted by Kesavan Yogeswaran (Siemens–Berlin, Germany)
What’s wrong with this picture?
Hint: Notice how there are no cars in the road within 100 m
Answer: My coworkers are not moving. Germans absolutely refuse to jaywalk no matter what the situation. It doesn’t matter if they’re going to lunch at noon or if it’s 4 am with not a single car in sight. An easy way to distinguish tourists from native Germans is to watch people’s crossing techniques. I’ve noticed people who venture a few steps into the street before dutifully returning back to the sidewalk. I like to imagine that these are immigrants that haven’t completely become Germanized yet.
My coworkers noticed the picture on my screen as I was writing this post and (thankfully) found it hilarious. To their credit, Siemens apparently forbids them to jaywalk on the way to lunch for insurance reasons, but that still doesn’t explain why this happens all over Berlin.