Stephen: German commuter knits “delay scarf”, transit company buys it
Germany’s largest rail company has taken an unusual step in its efforts to deal with its trains’ chronic lateness. The Associated Press reports Deutsche Bahn bought a commuter’s “delay scarf” for 7,550 Euros ($8,600) as a sort of mea culpa. A Munich commuter had knitted the gray, pink and red scarf last year, using each color to show how long her commute had been delayed. Less than three quarters of the company’s long-distance trains arrived punctually last year. The “delay scarf” became widely known when the commuter’s daughter wrote about it in a social media post, calling attention to the train company’s issues. Proceeds from the scarf will be donated to a charity for the homeless. Deutsche Bahn also announced Thursday it would add 22,000 employees.