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Residents of the Romanian village leave money for bread on the hedges near the house. Nobody steals

The driver puts the baked goods into the bags, takes the money and leaves the change.

Local resident Augustine Pospisil. Photo of Loreley Michal, Euronews

Residents of the village of Eibenthal in Romania hang bags with money for bread on fences near houses, and the driver puts in bags pastries and change. Packages can hang on the fence all day, and no one will steal them. The history of the village was told by Euronews.

A local resident, Augustine Pospisil, 40, said that she has been buying bread for almost 15 years from a baker from the village of Svinita, 20 kilometers away. A car with bread comes every two days.

I buy 4-5 loaves. In the bag I put or the exact amount [for such a quantity of bread], or a note with the necessary number of loaves, and the driver leaves the change. […]

We never had problems. I’ve never heard money or bread disappear.

Augustine Pospisil
a resident of Abyenthal

The village had its own store, but when it closed in the 1990s after the overthrow of the Nicolae Ceausescu regime, the residents monitored the bread riders through the window to have time to buy pastries. However, gradually they realized that there were no thieves in the village, and visitors would spend more money on gasoline than they would get from stealing. Then the locals decided to use to buy bags.

I leave the bag and go out to work in the field. When I return in the evening, the bag already has bread and surrender.

Stefan Benedict

According to Benedict, his family lived in Abental for four generations. He has no desire to follow his grandchildren and other residents who moved to the Czech Republic for the sake of a “less isolated” life.

There are 300 people living in Abental, and mayor Victor Doscocil fears that they will become even smaller, especially after the closure of the coal mine – the main employer in the region.

Last year, 7-8 people died, and three or four were born. To date, there are about 40 children in kindergartens and schools.

Victor Doskotsil

The mayor noted that he was “happy” to the remaining people, respect for traditions and the absence of robbers. According to him, local residents “take it for granted” and do not understand why it is surprising for others.

We are all familiar with each other, and we were taught, if necessary, to ask for something from others, and not steal. Now we are happy that no one is behaving wrongly.

Victor Doskotsil
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