You want some insult with your injury, sir?
You had a bad year. You lost your savings in the market. Now you’re applying for a loan, going downtown in your only good suit. Could things get worse? Yes. A guy could cascade sheets of water on you from above.
Welcome to Montevideo, where once a year, office workers in the financial district drench pedestrians below. Why the water attack? I’m guessing because boiling oil, buckets of fishing worms and billiard balls are too expensive.
Our correspondent, Patricia Avila, says some people get angry, but since the deluge is pretty much unavoidable, most are just resigned to it. And, it does help explain the city’s motto, “Montevideo: one big fraternity party!”
You can check out our slideshow here.
A resident of Montevideo gets soaked while walking in the financial district of the city December 31, 2007. REUTERS/Andres Stapff