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Monday, January 13, 2014

The Mystery of the Broken Heckscheibe

On December 10, 2013 at 2:15 p.m., Marco walked downstairs to return to work after his lunch break. I walked to the staircase window so I could wave as he left the building. But something was wrong. As Marco crossed the sidewalk in front of our apartment building, he looked at his car that he had parked there three days before.

This is what he saw:

He looked up to me in the window. We made eye contact. I ran into the apartment, grabbing my camera, a broom, and a dustpan. As I took pictures of broken rear window (Heckscheibe), he began making phone calls.

We were lucky that his insurance paid for everything in full, and the window was completely repaired by the following day. However, one question still remains: 

Who broke the window?

After thinking long and hard about this, I have rounded up some suspects:

1. Our Angry Neighbor
Our angry downstairs neighbor is known for hitting the ceiling with a broom whenever we watch TV past 10 p.m. One night, he even yelled at our visitors out the window as they left. Although we have never actually seen him ourselves, it is possible that he has watched us from his window, so he knew which car is ours.

2. A Bavaria-Hater
We live in Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), but Marco has Bavarian license plates. For my American friends, I would liken this to someone having Texas license plates that lives in New York. Nobody should have a problem with it, but some people have very strong feelings against the state. Maybe these feelings are strong enough that they decide to bash a window as they walk by.

3. The Passive-Aggressive Parker
About two weeks before this incident, Marco received an angry note on his car. It basically said he is an asshole because he took up two parking spaces. Even though he didn't actually take up two spaces, this person obviously doesn't understand how parallel parking works. So maybe they were so angry the second time they saw his car that they decided to leave a stronger message.

There are a few other possibilities, although they are not nearly as fun. It is possible something was wrong with the car, and it shattered itself. Or maybe it was Mother Nature's fault, and the weather somehow caused it. Unfortunately, it looks like we will never know.

Nevertheless, it is fun to hypothesize. Who do you think is the most likely suspect? The disgruntled neighbor, the proud citizen of Niedersachsen, or the angry note-writer? Let me know in the comments!

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