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Copenhagen Hopes to Make Beloved Tour Guides Out of Hated Traffic Wardens

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | May 13, 2015

Copenhagen Hopes to Make Beloved Tour Guides Out of Hated Traffic Wardens

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We all feel the same about traffic wardens, which is just about as affectionately as we adore the tickets they are known to write.

So it’s with great pleasure that we tell you Copenhagen officials are aiming to flip the script on a classic tale of animosity.

The Copenhagen Post (h/t The Telegraph) reports the city’s culture and leisure management has launched an initiative to take the sting out of any and all interactions with town traffic wardens.

Rather than revile the moment you have to come in contact with one of the officials, the city is giving the wardens another job that is far more palatable.

The report states, “Some Copenhagen parking wardens will soon be taking on an extra role as tourist guides, guiding visitors through the city while continuing to hand out fines for illegally-parked cars.”

This is kind of like the IRS forcing people to do their taxes via ice cream truck. Sure, doing your taxes is awful, tiresome … look fudgsicles!

The head of Copenhagen’s culture and leisure management, Thomas Jakobsen, spoke with the publication: “We would like to give tourists an even better service when they visit Copenhagen. It should be easy for tourists to get the information they need, so we have asked traffic wardens to share their knowledge of the city and its attractions or just to help out lost tourists.”

In actuality, this makes plenty of sense and echoes the kind of side information you might glean from a cab in various cities around the world.

Essentially, you want info from the people who have a deep knowledge of the surrounding area. Traffic wardens, one would presume, would rank high on the list of city officials with that kind of street smarts.

Jes øksnebjerg is the managing director at Center Parkering and also spoke to the Copenhagen Post.

While tourists get in-depth knowledge about the town in which they are visiting/illegally parking, traffic wardens get a boost in the form of reinvigorated reputation.

øksnebjerg states, “The attendants are a group of professionals who are not always greeted with smiles. So when there is a chance for a different type of citizen contact, employees respond positively.”

If all goes according to plan, you may one day not feel so bad about getting pinged with a ticket, because perhaps that comes with the skinny on a really nice recommendation on a local pub.

Hey, it’s something.

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