A mysterious thief preying on German government offices appears to have struck again – and stolen the loo seats from the brand new interior ministry.
Thomas de Maiziere, who as interior minister is responsible for security, is facing embarrassing jibes that he can’t even secure the lavatories in his own offices.
Days before ministry officials moved into their new offices, some one broke in and stripped the bathrooms of everything they could move: loo seats, taps, even loo paper holders.
The incident comes just two months after burglars stole all the taps from the BND intelligence agency’s new headquarters in Berlin, in an incident that was quickly dubbed Germany’s Watergate on social media.
The headquarters of the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) in Berlin
It appears that an elusive thief is preying on German government office sanitary ware – and police are stumped as to the identity of the cuplrit.
Embarrassed ministry officials took refuge behind bureacratic jargon.
“In the days before the relocation, particularly in the course of furnishing and cleaning the offices, in a few circumstances the usability of sanitary systems was impaired,” a spokesman told Berliner Zeitung newspaper.
A ministry employee who chose to remain nameless was more blunt.
“Many of the toilets are unusable. The atmosphere is rather strained,” he said.
The missing ware has now been replaced, according to the ministry.
Unlike the earlier incident at the intelligence headquarters, the theft at the ministry is not believed to have caused much damage.
At the BND offices, the removal of the taps started leaks which are belived to have caused millions of euros’ worth of damage.
But at the interior ministry, it appears some one took the wise precaution of shutting off the water until officials had moved in.