It’s 3 pm at an Aral gas station on Leopoldstraße in Munich. It’s a cloudy Tuesday afternoon, and Franz Daumer is sipping a cup of coffee. He has a long night behind him and is facing another tonight, so this probably won’t be his last coffee. Franz is a taxi driver and works permanent nightshift. The Munich man has been sitting at the wheel of his car, pulling all-nighters for the past 14 years.
But he’s not looking for sympathy. He’s one of the few people who have truly found their calling. “If this job didn’t exist, I would have had to invent it,” says Franz, laughing. “I love my job. I can choose my own hours and I really like being on the road at night because the party people are so colorful and far more relaxed.”