SThere is a lot of pretzel and biting mockery in the Riedlmair bakery and confectionery. “Jan Marsalek is currently on the operating table and can be operated on,” says one of the three men who gathered here late Thursday morning and identified themselves as Wirecard employees about the former board of directors of the insolvent payment service provider. They are located just under 700 meters from the headquarters of the scandal group in the industrial area of the Dornach district of Aschheim. Even closer, on the opposite side of the street, is the shell, into which Wirecard was supposed to move in the middle of next year.
The spokesman for the three calls the sprawling building “House of Wirecard”, on which the renovation work continues unabatedly even in these eventful days. From the inside they will probably not see it anymore. “Another tenant is going in there,” suspects Riedlmair’s waitress. The men’s trio is now looking for a job, and an alumni network on LinkedIn has been founded.
“Don’t feel like working in America or Brazil,” says one of the men. He makes it clear that he and his two companions were lucky. Thanks to the employment at the parent company Wirecard AG, the June salaries were transferred. “Angry, but hopeful,” is what he calls his emotional state between horror at the scams and the will not to be driven crazy.
Wirecard is not the only concern
“It is not the case that people run through the streets crying,” says Philipp Ullrich, chairman of the Expogate association, which markets the commercial area in the Munich bacon belt. Corona is a much bigger problem than Wirecard. He also agrees with the waitress in the lobby of the NH Hotel, who reports that the house is still only 20 to 30 percent full.
The two speak wistfully of the club’s New Year’s receptions, where Bert Rürup, who used to do business, appeared as a speaker. Ullrich also says it was a tough fight to keep Wirecard in Aschheim. With the proximity to the trade fair city of Riem, the Munich phone code 089 and the trade tax, which has meanwhile been reduced to a rate of 310 percent, one has to apply thickly these days. The large companies searched for locations all over Munich.
Otherwise, the man from the real estate industry maintains a rather unsentimental look. “The location already existed before Wirecard and will also exist after Wirecard.” It is reminiscent of the luxury fashion company Escada, which went bankrupt in 2009 and is still present in the Dornach industrial estate after a realignment. He also praised Aschheim’s Mayor Thomas Glashauser (CSU). In contrast to his predecessor and CSU party friend, Helmut Englmann, who was in office from 1984 to 2014, he had an “open ear” for the needs of promoting the location.
While the Mayor lives up to his business-friendly reputation in the Expogate brochure and praises Aschheim as a “premium location at the gates of Munich”, he remains silent about Wirecard. This causes displeasure in the community. “Amazingly uninformative,” the SPD local chairman Kevin Cobbe calls a community council meeting on Tuesday evening.
“I am a little surprised by this event because I actually wanted to find out how Wirecard is doing,” he says to “Münchner Merkur” Eugen Stubenvoll, the group leader of the free voters, who increased significantly in the local elections in March and almost also the re-election of the mayor.