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October 20, 2003
Are German Men Really This Pathetic?

German wives who dislike having husbands in tow while shopping can instead put their hubbies in day care:

For women who want to be able to shop without grumbling partners in tow, the "Men's Garden" has the advantage that they know where their men are and can limit how much they'll spend.

"I wanted to shop in peace," said Jeanette Brendel after dropping her husband off, paying the 10 euro fee, collecting a "receipt" for him, and kissing her middle-aged husband goodbye for the afternoon.

What a concept! How lucky for German wives that they can avail themselves of this service, since German men apparently cannot muster up the brain power to keep themselves occupied while their wives shop. Don't you love the "receipt" thing, too? As if they couldn't tell which one of the oafs still left in the romper room was the one to which they're married? And how do the men stay entertained? Well ...

Dozens of men left by their partners at the Nox Bar in the port city of Hamburg told Reuters they loved the "Men's creche," where for 10 euros ($12) they got a hot meal, two bottles of beer, a name tag and free games. ... To keep the big boys entertained, there were also copies of Penthouse magazine in the bar ... So that grown men won't squander all their time with fun and games, Stein has also introduced a workshop to teach the lads carpentry. ... "It's the first place that I've found where guys from different walks of life can come and enjoy themselves socially," said Ben Uaubascher, in his mid 30s, who had a choice of comics to read and games including a mini-race track to amuse him.

So, wives, be sure to drop off your husbands. We'll have all the porno and beer they can handle, and after they've had their two bottles of beer, we'll have them start using power tools. If they have any fingers left after that, we'll give 'em some free popcorn. What a great idea!

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at October 20, 2003 12:37 PM

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