Rīga's Ģertrūdes street in danger of rediscovering its appetite

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Road users beware! Rīga's hungriest thoroughfare, Ģertrūdes iela (Ģertrūdes Street), may have ditched its diet and soon be back munching motors, according to fresh eyewitness reports. 

As previously reported by LSM, the fashionable roadway has in the past devoured several unsuspecting vehicles without warning, giving a new angle to the trendy 'street food' concept.

While repair works after its most recent blow-out appeared to have temporarily sated its Gargantuan appetite, Pantagruelian pangs of hunger are clearly becoming more difficult to resist as on August 24 a sinister hole appeared in the cobblestones -- possibly the precursor of another imminent binge.

A hole was spotted near the intersection with Barona street. Passers-by bravely risked being gobbled among the cobbles by marking the miniature abyss with a chair from the outdoor terrace of a nearby café, lending a slightly surreal appearance to the street.

It is to be hoped that the presence of the cafe furniture will not give the street the impression that it can now enjoy a full waiter service. 

Later, the dark chasm was inspected by Riga municipal police officers and the Rīga municipal water company was sent to the site to determine the cause.

Pedestrians and motorists alike are urged to keep their distance and on no account make themselves more appetising by the application of mustard, ketchup, salt, pepper or indeed any other spices or condiments.


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