Tuesday, May 03, 2011


Years ago, an Austrian right-wing party coined the much-quoted and parodied phrase "Wien darf nicht Chicago werden" (=Vienna must not become Chicago), alluding to the notoriously high crime-rate (back in Al Capone's time, but never mind). When I spotted the poster below, all I could think was, "Vienna is about to become Singapore":
A € 36 fine for discarded cigarette butts? Wow. I'm curious to see the execution of this law in a country that has the most half-baked non-smoking solution in bars and restaurants.  


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