GERMANY: Stingy Pole?

He who finds and restores a lost thing in Germany is legally entitled to a reward of 10% of the value of what has been restored.

Therefore a Berlin taxi driver brought suit, last week, against a stingy "Polish" businessman who refused to give him more than 50 marks ($11.90), when the honest chauffeur found and restored $37,000 in unregistered, negotiable securities. The reward now legally demanded is 16,000 marks ($3,700).

Though the stingy businessman's name was concealed, last week, it is natural for German reporters to dub him "Polish," just as Paris and London dailies hang their best anonymous stories...

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