German hailed as ‘hero’ for warning motorcyclists about slippery Hanoi road

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A German man signals vehicles to slow down on the slippery Ta Hien street in Hanoi after the heavy rain on June 13, 2015, next to a sign he made with a local. File photo A German man signals vehicles to slow down on the slippery Ta Hien street in Hanoi after the heavy rain on June 13, 2015, next to a sign he made with a local. File photo

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A German tourist in Hanoi has won a lot of hearts, at least on social media, by standing on a slippery road after a storm on Saturday to signal to motorists to slow down.
The young man, identified only as Maxx, was initially seen walking over to motorists on Ta Hien Street in the old quarter, waving his arms at them.
Several did not know what he meant, kept driving and skidded and fell.
So he then made a bilingual sign with the help of a young Vietnamese there to help drivers understand.
People in the area said oil from restaurants overflowed on the street after the heavy wind and rain that afternoon.
Some Vietnamese were cleaning the street, and the man helped by cautioning others. 

Photos and a
video of him are all over local forums with people praising his act as “heroic” even as many young Vietnamese could be seen laughing as bikes kept falling.

Many said it should have embarrassed the Vietnamese who did nothing.

But then it’s easier said than done.

 

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