I noticed this years ago when we drove to Florida. To look around at the shops and stores, we could have been in our own neighborhood! There were Walgreens and CVS and Home Depot and Barnes & Noble and of course, McDonald's and Burger King everywhere. There seem to be no more purely local stores, or, at least, not many of them.
And apparently, the old saying about "people being the same everywhere" is true after all, just like your old Uncle Gustav used to say.
A case in point is this story from Neubrandenburg, Germany, where a man was driving his BMW too fast for a man who was trying to cross a street with his son in tow. The angry German hollered "Stop!" as the car zoomed by, but the car failed to slow down, so the man threw a foot-long sausage at it.
The story concludes with the news that the sausage dented the back right-hand door of the automobile.
OK...to sum up: What have we learned?
- Some Germans drive too fast, just like some Americans
- You can dent the door of a BMW with a sausage
- Germans have been known to walk around while carrying foot-long sausages heavy enough to dent steel
I have to admit, the same thing could have happened right here in Baltimore, Bakersfield or Beaumont. The best idea is to drive slowly...you never know what people are toting around on the sidewalk!