Triberg, Germany is known for having the world's largest cuckoo clock and the country's tallest waterfalls. And now, it's known for having gender-specific parking spaces.

After the town's newest public parking lot opened, Triberg mayor Gallus Strobel decided at least two of the spots were hard to get into, "They could be dangerous for your car, so at the same time, we decided to make them for me and then give 12 others for women," Strobel said. Women get the larger, better lit spots.

He admits most of the town thinks it's a joke, and that he does, too. But he says women are welcome to attempt parking in the men's spots but that it won't be easy for them. "Like my secretary. Five time she tried and no success," Strobel said.

The mayor admits the parking rule is out of bounds and controversial, but he hopes it brings the town a little more notoriety. "Perhaps many more people would like to come and not only see our waterfalls but try our parking," he said. "It's a marketing idea and it works. I cannot work this week with all this publicity."
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      Brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      The more I think about this, the funnier it is.
      IRVING
      • 2 Years Ago
      Has anyone ever noticed that the same symbol is used by Volvo, what's up with that?
        MachDelta
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IRVING
        Short answer: Iron. Longer: Sweden has a large iron industry dating back to the feudal days. That symbol, in addition to representing the male sex and the god(s) of war (Mars/Ares), is also the metallurgical symbol for iron. All cool things. Thus it's use as a logo for a Swedish car company.
      wooootles
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have to tip my hat to this mayor... he is a master troll.
      SpikedLemon
      • 2 Years Ago
      There are some nasty parking spots in Germany. I recall a hotel underground lot in Berlin that left me with 2cm clearance on each side of my mirrors to get into the car elevator - and a nearly bazillion-point turn to get out of the parking spot and back into the elevator.
      Pouso-G
      • 2 Years Ago
      ...well, womens parking spaces is nothing new in Germany. They exist for a long time now and yes, they are always wider and better lit. At my work there like 7 spots for women and never even TRY to park there. Even if it's to go to the toilet. They'll be yelling at you to remove the car immediately! :D In conclusion: You'll always find some spots called "Frauenparkplatz" in Germany. It never has been said, because women drive worse. It's for their security. They are wider, but the most important thing better lit. And they are nearly always right near an exit of the lot in case they get robbed. The difference here: Nobody ever drew the sex symbols on the ground! PS: We also have extra wide "Mutter und Kind" spaces here for the "mothers with children".
        SpikedLemon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Pouso-G
        I prefer the "parents new and to-be" parking. As a dad w/ a little one: the extra space is nice when trying to get the baby out of the car.
        PiCASSO
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Pouso-G
        Here in Chicago, we also have 3-spots designated for 3 of the women working here. It's not due to their position, rather for "safety" reasons.
          jvshenderson
          • 2 Years Ago
          @PiCASSO
          I live in Chicago and I've never seen these. Where are they?
      VDuB
      • 2 Years Ago
      You know what's sexist? Ladies get in free, men pay $20 cover.
        yayMX5
        • 2 Years Ago
        @VDuB
        Yes, that is sexist. I have no idea how it is legal (is it legal?). It seems like it's just waiting for a sexism lawsuit. If this doesn't hit the courts soon, I'll do it myself.
        Jake
        • 2 Years Ago
        @VDuB
        Yes, men are subsidizing the women's cover charge because men want to go to a club that is full of women.
      Bryan Riddle
      • 2 Years Ago
      of course this is sexist! - however, I always disregard all of this, there are even special "mother and child" spaces at most german supermarkets. All they can do is issue a house ban because there is no such corresponding parking space in the actual german traffic law. So feel free to disregard, and gladly accept it if they punish you, pretty soon they will have no costumers left.
      Jake
      • 2 Years Ago
      The grocery store that I frequent has spaces for people with small children. I don't care, I don't mind walking an extra 30 feet or whatever and perhaps it'll mean fewer kids pushing carts in to my car.
      diffrunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Women outshine men in many areas but not in terms of space & distance. Scientific fact.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        imoore
        • 2 Years Ago
        You shouldn't be allowed internet access.
        AcidTonic
        • 2 Years Ago
        You miss typed Autoblog.ir This is Autoblog.com, it's kind of like the future here where people have rights and stuff..... Please go back to Autoblog.ir
      flextoast
      • 2 Years Ago
      The men must be different in Germany. Here in the US the women are the better drivers :)
      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sexist or not, I laughed when I saw this post. Do I believe women are naturally worse drivers? Nah, I know too many talented female drivers and too many of horrible male drivers to see the drivers out there to think that way. As a small scaled joke and way to gain a little publicity for the town, I don't see anything too bad with this.
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