Obnoxiously wrapped cars are nothing new, but police in Hamburg, Germany are finally doing something about it.
According to the Morgen Post, a 31-year-old had his Porsche Panamera wrapped in an eye-catching golden foil. His car quickly caught the attention of police who pulled him over and told him to remove the wrap as its “dazzling effect” could potentially endanger other drivers.
The man didn’t take any action and he was stopped for a second time a few days later. This time, police weren’t messing around as the Associated Press says they took his keys and confiscated his license plate. The car was also towed away from the scene and the owner was reportedly given a fine.
If that wasn’t bad enough, the man was informed he couldn’t drive the car again until the wrap was removed. While it should be relatively easy to remove the wrap, the shiny gold finish was an expensive mistake by the owner. There’s no word on how expensive this particular wrap was, but the Morgen Post noted most wraps cost between $2,783 – $5,566 (€2,500 – €5,000 / £2,158 – £4,315).
This isn’t the first time an owner has been forced to remove their wrap as the publication mentioned a similar incident involving a Lamborghini. However, the owner of that car apparently followed instructions from police and had the wrapped removed.
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