In Berlin, the streets aren’t paved with gold. They are paved with dog shit.
It’s really incredible in a country that is so progressive with disposing of all other waste (plastics, glass, metal) has failed to find an effective way of disposing of dog shit.
What is it about Berlin and dog shit? Would people leave shit on the floor of their houses? Why do people not clean up after their dogs?
In the UK where my mum lives, there are fines for 1000 pounds if you let your dog foul on the pavement. Needless to say, the streets are clean. Why isn’t there a fine like that here? Berliners could not afford a €1000 fine, so surely this would make them think twice before they stand still while their dog fouls on the pavement, and then walk off nonchalantly.
In fact, this is one good point about winter, that at least the dog shit freezes and is less of a hazard to step in. However, it comes with a double-edged sword, as in spring, when the snow melts, so does the shit.
Other countries or towns with a problem of dog shit have come up with innovative ways of solving the problem. In a recent example in France, they asked the dog owner the dogs’ name, and then checked the names against a register and sent the shit back to the dog owners. In Berlin, where the love of protest is so alive, why is there no protest over the dog shit?
One person told me that leaving the shit is in fact a protest from Berliners, but I have forgotten what it is they are supposed to be protesting in this way.
Someone else told me when I moved to Berlin that we pay a tax here towards dogs, which goes to dog owners. I don’t know for certain if this is true, but if it is, then this is crazy. We are effectively paying for having shit on our streets!