Odd Jobs: The Grill Walker
Travel Interviews: David Farley meets a guy in Berlin who sells sausages from a grill strapped to his body
06.22.09 | 10:41 AM ET
Meet Martin. He sells sausages from a grill strapped to his body on the streets of Berlin. When I found him he was standing in the shadow of the city’s Death Star-like TV tower on Alexanderplatz, the Socialist-inspired square in the erstwhile East Berlin.
World Hum: What’s your job title?
Martin: I am a grill walker.
How long have you been a grill walker?
How many hours do you work per day?
How many sausages do you sell per day?
Are there any hazards to your job?
I’ve burned myself. See [holds up his hand to reveal a one-inch burn mark on his wrist].
Besides getting burned, what’s the worst part of your job?
The weight of this grill strapped to me. It’s 35 kilos.
Wow, that’s heavy. What’s the best part of your job?
I get to interact with people.
And you get free sausages, I imagine. How many do you eat a day?
I usually eat three.
How do you recommend one eats a sausage?
Definitely with mustard. It’s really tasty.
Why do Germans love sausages so much?
That’s simple: It’s because they’re delicious.