Danes and Norwegian make world’s worst car sale attempt

A Danish couple drove to Bjerkvik in northern Norway this week to buy a used truck. It didn’t go as planned.

Danes and Norwegian make world’s worst car sale attempt
Not the truck in question. Photo: Waferboard/Flickr
According to a report in Avisa Nordlys, the Danes drove to Norway to buy an old truck from a seller in Bjerkvik. 
After spending the evening in a Bjerkvik hotel, the Danish duo headed toward the seller’s address on Wednesday morning when they encountered a car that was blocking the road. The driver of the other vehicle tried to get the Danes to stop but they instead turned tail and headed back toward the hotel. 
“They felt like a car had come and blocked the road so that they would have to stop,” police spokeswoman Anne Karlsen told Avisa Nordlys
When the Danes turned around, the driver of the other vehicle followed, leading them to seek shelter back in the hotel and call the police for help. 
When police arrived, they quickly discovered that the person who had blocked the road and so frightened the Danes was none other than the seller of the truck himself, who thought he would meet his buyers along the way so that he could lead them to his house. 
Rather than laughing off the confusion, the Danes instead got in a huff. 
“When we tried to explain to the couple what had happened, they wouldn’t hear it. They wanted a police escort to the border but we explained that there was no reason they should get that,” Karlsen said. 
“They were quite frightened by us ‘mountain monkeys’,” she added. 
The Danes returned home without the truck that they had driven so far to buy, while the Norwegian seller paid dearly for his attempt at friendliness by missing out on the sale. 

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Norwegian road authority in hot water for dumping rocks near UNESCO-listed fjord

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration will need to clear up more than 1,000 trucks worth of stones and rubble it left near the stunning UNESCO world heritage listed Nærøyfjord.

Norwegian road authority in hot water for dumping rocks near UNESCO-listed fjord
Nærøyfjorden near to where the Norwegian Public Roads Administration left behind more than 11,000 cubic metres of rocks. Photo by Arian Zwegers on Flickr.

Fly-tipping and rubbish dumping are typically associated with rogue tradespeople and cowboy builders, but it’s the Norwegian Public Roads Administration that is being asked to clear some 11,250 cubic metres of rocks it left near a UNESCO listed beauty spot.

The breathtaking Nærøyfjord in Aurland municipality, south-western Norway, is a landscape conservation area meaning its protected and, therefore, the rubble shouldn’t have been left there.

“This is a blister. We will clean up after ourselves,” Stig Berg Thomassen, project manager for the road authority, told NRK.

The rocks were left behind following a project to upgrade the nearby Gudvanga tunnel.

Thomassen said the mess was left in the conservation area because it wasn’t clearly marked as off-limits.

Nærøyfjorden has been listed as a landscape conservation area since 2002, and the site was added to the UNESCO world heritage list a few years later in 2005.

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The municipality in Aurland has given the road authority until December 17th to clear the mess. The mayor for the municipality said the road authority would begin to clear up the remnants of its building project as soon as possible.

The stones won’t be going far, though and will only be moved around 50 to 100 metres along the road to where the conservation area ends.

Project manager Thomassen has admitted that the situation could have been avoided with better planning.

“Yes, we should have probably have done that (prepared better). The situation is as it is, so we just have to clean up. It won’t take long to move the rocks. The Stones will only be transported 50 to 100 meters,” he confessed.