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Munich brothel cries foul over Oktoberfest taxi driver bribes

The Local · 16 Sep 2010, 14:58

Published: 16 Sep 2010 14:58 GMT+02:00

The well-known eastern Munich bordello told Bavarian daily tz on Thursday that taxi drivers are paid up to €120 for every ‘John’ they bring to their rivals during the annual autumn beer festival, when hundreds of thousands of visitors are in town for a good time.

A statement posted on Pascha’s website reads: “Attention Gentlemen – be aware that your taxi driver is NOT your friend! Therefore he does not recommend you to the ‘best club,’ but sells you to the highest paying club!”

Club manager Leo E. told the paper that Pascha had conducted its own research on the problem in 2009, going on 200 test rides. Half of the taxi drivers encouraged the investigators to go to other clubs, he said.

“They did it by suggesting that we would soon be raided, that our girls were the ugliest in town or that we’d even shut down completely. It’s slander!” he told the paper.

While Pascha tried to keep up with the bounty-war, it can no longer afford to continue making such high payments, Leo E. said.

“As the price per head spirals out of control, we can’t stay in the race,” he said.

Reinhard Zielienski, manager of Taxi-München eG, the Bavarian capital’s largest taxi pool, told the paper that he could not confirm such payments were made to drivers, but also admitted he could not rule them out either.

But in the company’s newsletter in 2008, boss Hans Meißner acknowledged the practice, calling it “downright criminal,” and revealing a tally from February 9th of that year. According to Meißner, that night 68 taxis drove with 90 guests to a sex club, at which 75 guests stayed.

“It’s common knowledge that drivers are paid around €120 per guest, which makes €9000 in total,” he wrote.

Despite the stiff competition, on its website Pascha urged its customers to, “Stay determined if you want to come to us, because we offer you a satisfaction guarantee.”

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Munich's Oktoberfest runs from September 18 until October 4 this year. A special historical area offering old carousels, special beer and other attractions will open one day earlier for the 200th anniversary celebrations.

Sponsored link: Travelling to Oktoberfest? Get there with Deutsche Bahn.

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Your comments about this article

18:06 September 16, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Just wondering what this "satisfaction guarantee" consists of. Does one just say "I'm not satisfied" and have another go with another chick? Theoretically this could go on all night if one has the stamina.
18:11 September 16, 2010 by NYsteve
"Despite the stiff competition.." .....i thought the brothels "took care" of this problem???
00:08 September 17, 2010 by wxman
Hey, if you want legalized prostitution, then expect competition. Compete, or go out of business. Welcome to the world of legal free enterprise!
17:28 September 17, 2010 by smirrims
Disgusting... please stop this...
17:50 September 17, 2010 by derExDeutsche
what? they were hoping for Govt. Run Prostitution? Its called the Bundestag.
19:32 September 17, 2010 by fair1day
Pretty funny!!!!
19:42 September 17, 2010 by auniquecorn
@wxman

Right about compete or get out of the business, BUT, Welcome to the world of legal free enterprise! does not apply in Germany.
20:20 September 17, 2010 by wxman
My bad, auniquecorn. Got carried away, I guess.
15:13 September 18, 2010 by Icarusty
Come now ladies, there's plenty of love to go around.
02:34 September 19, 2010 by shiraz
You ought not to use a Mediterranean/ Islamic/ Turkish people as a source of entertainment (employ them in soccer matches and create "harems"/ Pashas on your soil). Although its better to use them for love then as circus clowns (as soccer players) it would be advisable to educate them so they are an aid to you and they reform their country so they can be as secular as Germany and as open minded and loving and wealthy and healthy and pretty. This will be good for the world in the long run.
15:31 September 21, 2010 by nashv
How is this illegal?

THe other brothels are just increasing their market 'penetration'.
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