Two elderly German tourists spent nearly a week going around Luxembourg City by foot as they desperately tried to find someone who could give them directions in German to a public toilet.
Witnesses in the city center, many of whom repeatedly saw the couple over the course of six days last week, say it was a sad sight to behold.
“Every day they would approach one person, say something in German, and when that person didn’t understand, they’d approach the next person,” said panhandler Roy Glubb, who usually sits near the Grand-Rue. “I know all about sadness, but those two people, man, tragic.”
Another witness estimates she was approached by the couple at least 10 times.
“They’d come to me once or twice a day, always looking tired and wearing the same clothes,” said Place d’Armes server Georgina Plombeur. “They kept saying ‘pissen’ and ‘pipi machen,’ which did make me wonder if they were looking for toilets.”
“But that’s their own business, and I didn’t want to assume anything about their bodily functions because I know old people can be kind of sensitive about that, so each time I just ignored them,” she said.
According to reports, the couple eventually made it all the way to Junglinster where they suddenly found dozens of people to direct them – in perfectly comprehensible yet highly accented German – to public toilets.