As Storm Axel struck the northern coast of Germany on Wednesday night, causing widespread flooding and property damage, it also brought a pleasant surprise for the children on the island of Langeoog. Tens of thousands of easter eggs with toys inside washed up on the island near the Dutch border.
According to local media, a freighter belonging to the Danish firm Reederei Maersk lost several of its containers as it was tossed about in the storm, including one filled with plastic eggs containing small toy animals.
Uwe Garrels, the mayor of the small community of less than 1,000, quickly made the decision to allow local kindergarteners to gather as many of the eggs as they wanted. “The surprise eggs have found their way to freedom,” Garrels was quoted by broadcaster NDR as saying, adding that he thought this made them duty-free.
Garrels said that if any foreign companies or institutions saw this as …