BZ ran an article today where one guy knifed another guy because the other asked him to not bother his girlfriend. Which brings up the question, WHAT THE FUCK?

It happened right outside Universal at Oberbaumbr├╝cke, which is not the worst area at any given time of the day. The poor guy who was attacked is in ICU at the moment and doctors say he might still die from it.

Generally, I’m a huge advocate of┬á courage and I try to get involved whenever I see crap happening and I never experienced anything like that in return in almost eight years of Berlin. I bet we all agree that the most we would expect from such a situation is an oral/verbal argument but stabbing someone is so totally out of line that I am inclined (displacement) to not believe it happened, especially because it’s so close.

Of course I am somewhat shortsighted. After all I live in Berlin and I am surrounded by all this and it probably happens more than I am aware of it. And sometimes it takes those super drastic events to take notice. But I wonder what’s next – shooting over organic food and parking spots?

2 Comments so far

  1. Chris Abraham (chrisabraham) on March 21st, 2008 @ 1:17 pm

    I hate to say it but I am used to this. I spent the last 20 years in DC and this sort of thing might get a mention. Gunplay is more normal in DC. Welcome to the West. I do have to admit that Berlin is still, even so, so so so safe.

  2. till on March 21st, 2008 @ 3:01 pm

    Hey Chris! Thanks for taking a minute to comment!

    I think that when I think Berlin is safe – that is an illusion. And I think I’m aware of it.
    There are areas where this is more likely to happen though. This area is between Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain – home to MTV/viva and Universal and in general students live there. Especially this happening in the morning makes it even more unbelievable.

    I just heard the other day that the victim recovered.

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