Daimler Shareholders Brawl—Over Sausages

Daimler investor was trying to hoard links from the buffet to bring home
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2016 12:17 PM CDT
Daimler Shareholders Brawl—Over Sausages
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It was the best of times, it was the wurst of times at Daimler AG's annual shareholder meeting Wednesday in Berlin, where an argument disrupted the get-together, the Guardian reports. "We had to call the police to settle the matter," says Daimler board chair Manfred Bischoff of a skirmish between sausage-loving investors who Bloomberg notes were in attendance to OK the "biggest dividend in the company's history." Instead, two of them started fighting over the free franks at the event's buffet, a German tradition at long shareholder meetings. The Mercedes-Benz parent cooked up about 12,500 Saitenwuerschtle sausages—not usually available in that part of Germany, the Telegraph notes—for the crowd of 5,500, serving them alongside rolls, wraps, and a couple of sides.

But one man reportedly kept going up to the buffet, even wrapping sausages up to take home—and one woman didn't take kindly to his help-yourself attitude. When she confronted him, they started screaming at each other, and the cops were called in to smooth things over, a company spokeswoman tells NBC News. The woman filed a slander complaint against the sausage-hoarder, claiming he had insulted her during their exchange. The spokeswoman isn't even sure why there was such a ruckus, noting that "nobody would have gone hungry" with all of the other food that was there. "We either need more sausages or we get rid of them altogether," Bischoff said after the food fight. (A man named Bacon got in trouble over sausage.)

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