Saturday, 01. November 2014
15. 07. 14. - 16:00
A group of German women have gone into the male dominated scrap metal business - wearing pink overalls and driving a pink van.
And despite the fact that the business made famous by the Steptoe and Son sitcom has a dirty reputation, the three women have found bringing a touch of glamour has meant business is booming.
They do not have any problems with heavy loads, their truck is fitted with a 7.5 tonne lifting arm that means even the heaviest industrial machinery destined for the scrapheap can be lifted and moved.
And boss Monika Kosiol, 29, said having painted fingernails and pink overalls is no handicap for the job. She said: "On the contrary, customers seem to find it refreshing and go out of their way to make sure the Scrap Metal Girls get the business. Sure we make a good impression but we also get the job done. When we are working together as a team it's amazing what we can shift."
Monika and Desiree Stizt, 30, came up with the idea to get involved in the scrap metal business after looking around for work, and although starting out small they quickly found business was booming so much, that they soon took on a third person, 34-year-old blonde Janine Draheim.
The trademark pink truck and overalls also came later after the Monika and Desiree, both brunette, had found themselves featured on local newspaper articles and even on TV.
Monika jokingly added that Janine was chosen because she had the right qualifications: "We realised if we were going to expand business we needed to have a blonde on the team as well."
But jokes aside the trio are all working hard to make headway in the male dominated business by tackling stereotypes head-on – and red tape.
Monika said: "It gets harder all the time, there is a new law out for example that we are not allowed to pick up any electrical scrap from private people. Of course that limits things."
But the Scrap Metal Girls do have a few sidelines not open to their Steptoe and Son style rivals. For example next year they are planning on offering a glamour calendar showing the team in action for customers.
And they have also trademarked the name and set up a Facebook page to keep customers and fans of the business informed on what they are up to.
Halloween At The Zoo
Pumpkin pie might be the order of the day for people this Halloween but now zoo animals are also getting in on the act.
Baby Naked Mole Rats Born In Vienna
With their pink hairless bodies and fangs for front teeth, these baby naked mole rats were never going to win any cuteness contests at Schonbrunn Zoo in the Austrian capital Vienna.
Jihad Girls Gunpoint Retraction Of Desire To Go Home
Austrian anti-terrorism police believe that an interview given to a French magazine allegedly with one of the two teenage girls who fled to Syria to join in the jihad was probably carried out at gunpoint.
Get Shorty As Confused Bald Ibis Gets Lost Again
A rare bald Ibis that seems to have a different sense of direction to her fellow birds has once again had to be rescued after getting stuck trying to find a different route to the southern Italian feeding ground.
Alpine Trains Venture Into Space As The Final Frontier
Austria’s national railway line the OeBB has raised eyebrows after offering themed toilets including one that is supposed to "look and smell like outer space".
MEP caught In Brit papers Fraud Probe Jailed
A corrupt MEP caught by a British newspaper offering to propose amendments to EU laws in exchange for 100,000 euros a year has been given a three-year-jail term.
Vienna Jihad Girls Want To Come Home
The two Austrian teenage girls who became ‘poster girls’ for the jihad in Syria are now desperate to come home after getting completely disillusioned with their new lifestyles.
There was a festival atmosphere as Bundespresident Heinz Fischer opened Vienna's new Hauptbahnhof Friday morning.
Apple Truck Causes Traffic Jam
When 24 tonnes of apples are catapulted across a road it can only mean a jam.
Farmer Cleared Over Wolf Shooting
Furious animal rights campaigners have accused an Austrian farmer of lying after he shot dead a wolf that he claimed he thought was a fox.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Jihad Girls Gunpoint Retraction Of Desire To Go Home|
|Baby Naked Mole Rats Born In Vienna|
|Dim Romeo Burns Down College During Failed Proposal|
|Halloween At The Zoo|
|Brit That Saved Kids From Nazis Gets Top Honour|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.