29 October, 2006

Orders will be obeyed

It appears we've been less than genorous with our Germanic cousins in the past. We may have doubted their veracity when they pleaded "I voz chust obeying orders".

Unlike the wastrel Briton who, presented with an instruction reacts with a contemptuos shrug and a sarcastic comment under his breath, Johnny Bosch is made of sterner, more disciplined stuff.

Reuters report that twice this month German motorists have obeyed their SatNav systems with dubious results. An overly obedient Hun followed the command "Turn right now!" from his navigation system and crashed into a small toilet hut by the side of the road - about 30 yards before the crossing he was meant to take.

The 53-year-old from Freiburg drove his sport utility vehicle off the road onto into a building site, up a stairway and into the small toilet shack, police in the eastern town of Rudolstadt said Sunday.

It caused 2,000 euros ($2,500) worth of damage to the stairway, 100 euros damage to his car, and he was also fined 35 euros.

Earlier this month an 80-year-old motorist also chose to follow his navigation system and ignored a "closed for construction" sign on a Hamburg motorway. He then crashed into a pile of sand but neither he nor his passenger were injured.

Should we be worried that a spearhead of Audi drivers could be directed to Warsaw in hours?

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