1 cent döner: police calm crowds after kebab shop opens with very generous offer

Police in the city of Osnabrück had to clear crowds in front of a new döner kebab shop on Tuesday, after about 150 hungry people packed the street outside, eager to get their hands on a döner for only €0.01.

1 cent döner: police calm crowds after kebab shop opens with very generous offer
Döner. Photo: DPA

At 12pm, two hours before the kebab shop’s official opening, people were already lining up in front of ‘Made in Bärlin.’ The takeaway had advertised it would be selling its döner sandwiches on Tuesday for only one cent and all of its earnings would be donated to a local children’s hospice.

When the fast food joint finally opened its doors at 2pm, there were about 150 people – the majority of them school pupils – crowded outside, reports the Osnabrücker Zeitung (OZ).

But even before ‘Made in Bärlin’ welcomed its first ever customers, a young girl had to be brought inside due to bruises she’d sustained from being squished amongst the large group of eager people.

“The last ten minutes before the opening were tough,” a 15-year-old pupil named Jonah told OZ, who paid €0.01 for his döner and donated another €3.

At the 2pm opening, even the efforts of the owners and the employees weren’t enough to calm the crowd down, as people were shouting and pushing each other in order to get into the shop.

Half an hour later, the owners changed their strategy and decided to open their doors every so often and let in about ten people at a time.

It was around this time that the police arrived at the scene to try to get the situation under control.

When the officers got there, they were faced with hungry döner enthusiasts not only blocking the pavement and the bike lane in front of the shop, but also spilling out onto the streets without regard for oncoming traffic. No arrests were made.

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German police under fire for using tracing app to find witnesses

German police drew criticism Tuesday for using an app to trace contacts from bars and restaurants in the fight against the pandemic as part of an investigation.

A barcode used for the Luca check-in app to trace possible Covid contacts at a Stuttgart restaurant.
A barcode used for the Luca check-in app to trace possible Covid contacts at a Stuttgart restaurant. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Marijan Murat

The case stemming from November last year began after the fatal fall of a man while leaving a restaurant in the western city of Mainz.

Police seeking possible witnesses made use of data from an app known as Luca, which was designed for patrons to register time spent in restaurants and taverns to track the possible spread of coronavirus.

Luca records the length of time spent at an establishment along with the patron’s full name, address and telephone number – all subject to Germany’s strict data protection laws.

However the police and local prosecutors in the case in Mainz successfully appealed to the municipal health authorities to gain access to information about 21 people who visited the restaurant at the same time as the man who died.

After an outcry, prosecutors apologised to the people involved and the local data protection authority has opened an inquiry into the affair.

“We condemn the abuse of Luca data collected to protect against infections,” said the company that developed the Luca app, culture4life, in a statement.

It added that it had received frequent requests for its data from the authorities which it routinely rejected.

Konstantin von Notz, a senior politician from the Greens, junior partners in the federal coalition, warned that abuse of the app could undermine public trust.

“We must not allow faith in digital apps, which are an important tool in the fight against Covid-19, to disappear,” he told Tuesday’s edition of Handelsblatt business daily.