Eibenthal is an idyllic village nestled in the Banatului mountains of western Romania. It’s a fascinating place, but what really sets it apart is its reputation as a “city without theft”.
There is no police station in Eibenthal, and it can be said there is no need. People in this area are notoriously peaceful and respectful of each other, and the crime rate is considerably lower than the average. The thefts, for example, are practically non-existent, and it is common for people to leave bags with money hanging from street lamps or fences in the street, for the bread deliveryman… he stops, takes the money and leaves the required number of loaves and the rest in the bags. In over 20 years, no one has ever failed to find their own money.
“The bread delivery car arrives every two days and I buy 4-5 loaves. I put the exact amount in the bag or leave a note with the quantity and loaf I want and the driver leaves the rest,” a resident told reporters. “We’ve never had any problems whatsoever, and I’ve never heard of money or missing bread.”
This tradition of leaving money hanging from lampposts was a sort of forced choice, as the only baker in the village had closed in the early 1990s, and people had to constantly wait for the delivery of bread from another village to 20 kilometers away, every two days.
At some point someone had the idea of leaving money in the street along with a ticket for the bellboy. The idea was that the fellow citizens would not steal from each other, and anyone coming from outside with bad intentions would not have pocketed large numbers.
But that of bread is just one example of the village’s culture of mutual respect: “There are no thefts in this village,” said the priest of the village. “I have various useful things in my garage, and it’s open all the time, but nothing has ever been stolen. In the 13 years I was a priest here, I have never heard of any theft “