Traffic cops in Germany left a parking ticket on what they thought was a car, but actually it was a snow scultpure of a full-sized Volkswagen Beetle.

According to Orange News, people decided to play the prank by building the car overnight in a no-parking zone in Aachen, complete with outlines for its headlights, windscreens and even the distinctive VW badge on the bonnet.

One of the locals said,

It was incredibly realistic looking. It looked like you could get into it and drive away once you'd swept the snow off.

The traffic cops tried to scrape snow off of what seemed to be a license plate, only to find more snow.

Officials have said,

Whether it was made of metal or snow it was still obstructing a road that should have been clear.

That's the nice way of saying that they're stupid, and can't tell the difference between a real car and one made of snow.