One of Croatia's poorest areas, Grubine, has the strange honor of what is perhaps the world's highest per-capita Mercedes ownership, with 117 three-pointed-stars owned by just 800 residents.

Called "Mechkas" (bears), they are apparently highly sought-after status symbols, particularly among Croatians who were exposed to the cars while working in Germany, only to return home with their new Benz models of their own.


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