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For six months, sandwiches have been found thrown by the same driver between the towns of Königsborn and Heyrothsberge. Its inhabitants are frustrated and intrigued.
For six months, a curious incident has been repeating itself on the B184 road, near the German city of Magdeburg, capital of the state of Saxony-Anhalt.
With disturbing regularity, abandoned sandwiches have appeared on the shoulder —what the Germans call “Butterbrot”—apparently dropped by an unidentified driver.
For witnesses to this incident – minor, but certainly disconcerting – there is no doubt that the alleged sandwich thrower is always the same person. The sandwiches have always been seen between the villages of Königsborn and Heyrothsberge, and are always wrapped in aluminum foil.
Other things, however, do change from one sandwich to another: for example, their interior.
Local media reports that they are sometimes filled with cheese, other times with salami or sausages. Sometimes they are intact, and be careful, sometimes they have been bitten.
Sometimes untouched sandwiches appear in private gardens, which increases the neighbors’ anger with the anonymous launcher, who always “attacks” on weekdays and before 6 in the morningsuggesting he could be on his way to work.
Holger Becker59, president of the Heyrothsberge football club, told the German magazine Bild that discarded sandwiches often fall on his field, adding work to the volunteers who have to clean it up.
“We do everything here voluntarily and maintain the place ourselves,” explains Becker. “This is something very upsetting for us.”
With some people like Holger clearly frustrated by the continued dumping of garbage, Others claim to be fascinated by the mysteryweighing among themselves why someone would do something like that.
Anke Precht, a psychologist, told Bild that it was possible that the driver was receiving the sandwich from another person, perhaps a loved one, but was not actually enjoying it. The driver might have missed the opportunity to tell the other person that he didn’t like the sandwich, and now he has to live with the consequences of that misunderstanding.
Thomas Wilka resident of the town of Königsborn, also spoke to the magazine, perhaps less technically but more clearly: “Why do you let someone make you sandwiches if you don’t want to eat them?”
As jokey as it may sound, littering from a moving car is a crime in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt. This means that, if discovered, the anonymous driver could face not only the wrath of locals, but also a fine of up to 400 euros. Will continue…