However, German chancellor Angela Merkel may not have quite been expecting a whole tray of cold beers down the back of her neck at a recent political event in Berlin. See the video below…we dare you not to indulge in some chuckles and schadenfreude…
Could this have all been a stitch-up or some kind of joke from Merkel’s political opponents at the events?
Waiter Martin D told Bild newspaper “I was shoved from behind, and tried to catch the beers, but it was too late. I shouted ‘Shit!’ really loudly. ‘But she turned around, grinned at me – and even though she was wet, went to the speaker’s stage shortly afterwards.”
It all happened at Politischer Aschermittwoch 2012 – otherwise known as the Political Ash Wednesday – which is one of Germany’s main events in the political calendar. It’s a chance for some of Germany’s politicians to blow off some steam, have a bit of a verbal sparring match, some open debate…and of course, a few cold lagers.
The historical Ash Wednesday event can be traced back as far 1919 when the Bavarian Farmers Association took to pubs and taverns for some heated discussion.
The YouTube comment with the most approvals is the rather mean-spirited “thumbs up for the waiter!”
Merkel raises a glass at an event in her constituency Stralsund-Nordvorpommern-Ruegen in the northern German city of Stralsund (Getty images)
Main image: YouTube