It is well known that Volkswagen serves up some of the best currywurst in the land in its canteens. In fact in 2015 the troubled car manufacturer sold more sausages than cars.
But the bangers served up by rival Daimler – parent company to Mercedes – can’t be all that bad either, if the reaction of shareholders at Wednesday’s AGM is anything to go by.
The situation was already tense during the morning’s Q&A between board and shareholders, after news emerged earlier in the day that Deutsche Umwelthilfe (German Environmental Help) was taking legal action against the luxury car maker.
When it came to the lunch buffet, though, the company was sure it had everything adequately covered. 12,500 sausages had been bought for the 5,500 attendees – easily two each.
But one greedy shareholder, who'd clearly never heard of the prisoner's dilemma, took such a liking to the tasty wurst he slyly packed a few extra into his bag to nibble on later.
Unluckily for him, a fellow shareholder spotted the acted of treachery and let him know in no uncertain terms what she thought of it. The resultant verbal exchange got so ugly that the company decided to call in the police.
“We called in the police to mediate,” Manfred Bischoff from the board of directors said.
The woman who spotted her fellow shareholder smuggling away extrawurst reported him to the police for insulting her.
Bischoff warned that next year there could be consequences.
“Either we need more sausages or we’re going to do away with them completely,” he said.