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Shareholders of Mercedes Parent Company Daimler Fight Over Sausages

by Carlo Angerer /
The Mercedes-Benz logo is pictured on a car prior to the Daimler annual shareholder meeting in Berlin on Wednesday.HANNIBAL HANSCHKE / Reuters

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MAINZ, Germany — The annual general meeting of Mercedes-Benz's parent company was supposed to celebrate the highest dividend in the luxury-car manufacturer's history being dished out to shareholders.

But Wednesday's event in Berlin will be remembered for another reason: police were called when two shareholders got into a heated argument — over sausages.

Related: Volkswagen Now Sells More Sausages Than Cars

Daimler, which owns Mercedes-Benz and several other auto brands, provided some 12,500 sausages for the 5,500 attendees at the meeting.

But this was clearly not enough to sate one man's voracious appetite.

The shareholder began packing away several sausages, apparently to take home, at which point a woman confronted him and the two got into a war of words, Daimler spokeswoman Silke Walters told NBC News.

 The Mercedes-Benz logo is pictured on a car prior to the Daimler annual shareholder meeting in Berlin on Wednesday. HANNIBAL HANSCHKE / Reuters

Police were called to calm the situation and the female shareholder filed a complaint after allegedly being insulted.

"Nobody would have gone hungry," Walters said, adding that the company also offered potato soup, sandwiches, and cakes.

Manfred Bischoff, chairman of Daimler's supervisory board, even commented on the incident during his speech to the shareholders.

"Either we need more sausages, or we get rid of sausages completely," he said.

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