Although he knew it was illegal to hitchhike on the autobahn in Germany, my son, Moleturd Jr., after hours with no cars passing by on the deserted road he'd been dropped off on, decided to take a chance.
He ventured down to the autobahn, put up his thumb and optimistically held up his sign with "Denmark" written clearly on it. His heart sank when, within 20 minutes, a police car pulled up. The officers just looked at him for a minute or two, then one got out of the cruiser, smiling.
As the officer approached Moley, he started speaking in a mixture of English and German, "Two things: First, es ist verboten, absolutely forbidden, to hitchhike on the autobahn. Second," he continued as he pointed in the opposite direction, "Denmark is that way."