Here’s A Perfect Example Of…

There’s an old axiom, “A friend in need is a friend, indeed,” meaning, that a friend who helps someone when help is needed is a true friend.

By that definition, those who have a “true friend” are fortunate.

I’m sure that a 37-year-old German man recently felt that way when he asked a friend for help, and the friend helped him.

The German man was not named in the story I read – a story that briefly made headlines in numerous media outlets in late November.

So let’s call the man Stefan.

And his friend – Jan.

Here they are:

Hey – I’m not stereotyping.  I think guys in lederhosen are sexy.

And I’m not the only one – check out this article:

Back to Stefan and Jan.

Stefan wanted to borrow something from Jan:  his car.  And Jan, being that “friend in need,” said “Jawol!” which is German for “Yes!”

(Don’t worry – I won’t overdo the German/English thing.)

Jan tossed his Opel Zafira keys to Stefan, and off Stefan went.

And now Jan…

Is being investigated by the German police.

Jan’s good deed is not going unpunished.


Because Jan loaned his car to Stefan…

So Stefan could drive to the German DMV – the Kraftfahrzeugbehörde – and take his driving test:

This begs the question, “What was he thinking?”

If Stefan told Jan that he was borrowing his car to drive to his driving test – what was Jan thinking?  That this was eine gute idee?

A good idea?

And Stefan – what was he thinking? 

According to the article, Stefan said:

“…he had only driven because he wanted to make sure to get to the driving test on time.”

I’m a major fan of punctuality, but in this case?

We’ll never really know what Stefan and Jan were thinking, but it’s pretty clear what the driving instructor was thinking when Stefan arrived:

Which needs no translation.

The driving instructor cancelled the test and called these guys:

I’m pretty sure polizei needs no translation, either.

It’s too bad Stefan didn’t read this article before he borrowed Jan’s car and headed to the DMV:

Here are the 15 Tips:

And nowhere does it say anything remotely resembling…

“If you’re running late for your driving test, no prob – just borrow a friend’s car.”

And as for #12…

“Don’t assume that your mistakes are critical.”

I’d say getting busted, and getting your friend busted, constitutes a critical mistake.

Well, at least some headline writers had a few moments of fun when they came up with this headline:

That “Auto-ban” in the title is a play on the German word “autobahn,” which is what they call their highways in Germany:

But don’t be looking for Stefan and Jan on the autobahn anytime soon…

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