Frankfurt doesn’t even have a shop where you can buy basic things like bread or peanut butter, but it does have several vending machines for cigarettes.
Traditionally these machines were mounted low to the ground so even the smallest child could get addicted without standing on tiptoes, but in 2007 after a bitter political struggle a new law finally went into effect, requiring buyers to insert a card proving they are at least eighteen before they are allowed to buy cigarettes.
Second photo: So now the kiddies have to make do with these candy and gum machines, where they can squander their 20 and 50 cent pieces on unidentifiable sugary substances and get in the habit of indulging their addiction at a vending machine.
These freshly cut flowers in a vase by the roadside presumably mark the spot where someone was killed by a motor vehicle.
The German government has proudly announced that “only” 3,648 people were killed by motor vehicles in the year 2010. This is 12 % fewer than the year before (and less than a fifth of the number killed in 1970), but still:
3,648 per year works out to nearly ten people killed every day, in Germany alone.