Wednesday 20 September 2017

Parking is a man's game, says mayor

Matthew Day

A MAYOR in Germany has courted controversy by allocating 'easy' parking spaces for women.

Spaces in a new car park in the Black Forest town of Triberg come with male and female symbols. The spaces for women are wider and well lit, while those for men are close to concrete pillars and can only be reversed into.

Mayor Gallus Strobel (58) said it was a natural decision because men "were better at parking than women".

"In the new car park, we found that two spaces were not rectangular, at an angle to the road and placed between walls and pillars. That makes parking difficult, so we decided to allocate them to men," the mayor told 'Spiegel' magazine. But he added that women were welcome to try to park in the spaces for men.

Mr Strobel, who denies accusations of sexism, also pointed out that 10 spaces were reserved for women as opposed to two for men.

He said that he had received mostly positive feedback, despite expecting some "humourless reactions from the politically correct" and being accused by one female critic of "male pig-headedness".

(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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