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Booze ban for Nuremberg station
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Booze ban for Nuremberg station

Published: 18 Oct 2012 07:20 GMT+02:00
Updated: 18 Oct 2012 07:20 GMT+02:00

Nuremberg main train station will become on Friday the first in Germany to ban alcohol at the weekends and bank holidays to stop drunken party goers using it as a meeting point, it was reported on Thursday.

Germany's train stations are normally a hub of boozy activity at the weekend, but this will soon be a thing of the past in Nuremberg, Bavaria after a ban is introduced to dissuade hundreds of people from using it as a meeting point to kick start their evenings' activities.

The ban is to be enforced from 8 pm to 6 am on Fridays and Saturdays. On bank holidays, the evening before should also be included. If a person is caught, they could face being banned from the station.

A Deutsche Bahn spokesman said on Thursday that the area primarily affected was the stretch between the entrance and the main inner hall. Revelers often congregate there before and after going to a night club and are often very drunk.

The sobering move is not an outright ban, however. Shops may continue to sell alcohol, but if a person buys a beer, for example, they must stay in the shop to drink it. Train station restaurants will not be affected either.

The train passenger association Pro Bahn said they are welcoming the move and will push for a ban in all of Germany's stations, although no concrete plans to do so are yet in the pipeline.

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09:40 October 18, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
I wish that would happen in Berlin. The U-Bahns, S-Bahns and trams resemble discos on wheels at weekends.
10:28 October 18, 2012 by Harrow
and discos are of course the root of all evil.
10:29 October 18, 2012 by Ruhetag
if we ban discos, we will eliminate evil.
10:44 October 18, 2012 by LiberalGuy
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10:45 October 18, 2012 by catjones
Not a fine or an overnight stay in a jail cell, but banned from the station? Just how do you enforce that?
12:04 October 18, 2012 by Wobinidan
I also particularly hate seeing people having fun, since my life is no fun at all and everyone should be simmering with resentment like me instead of expressing any kind of joy.
12:42 October 18, 2012 by pepsionice
Obviously, they think that people would never drink at a pub just outside of the train-station.
13:17 October 18, 2012 by bobmarchiano
Do police really need heavy weapons to enforce this new law.

If so they have more then a drinking problem at the station
16:21 October 18, 2012 by yourkeau
Everything is going in the direction of banning drinking in public. The last free country in the world, Germany, is coming to its' end...
18:33 October 18, 2012 by blackboot11
@ Wobinidan: you comment is so spot on ! ... these days, too many people here in Germany look and act as if they have just sucked on an invisible lemon....LOL !
20:31 October 18, 2012 by Ruhetag
@Yorky : You are spot on, first it was the trams, then the stations, soon the parks. Eventually this place will resemble the USA (shudder)
05:29 October 19, 2012 by hanskarl
Right, another slam on the US where there is no freedom. Can the freedom and give us liberty among people who are responsible.

I have been through Nuernberg Hauptbahnhof and had to put up with those who cannot and will not act responsibly and contain themselves. No problems with a few drinks but when these idiots over indulge purposefully in binge drinking and wreak havoc on others this is a good law. How often have we recently read in the last year of those who have been bludgeoned to death by drunk bullyswho can only seem to attack in groups at train stations?
12:59 October 19, 2012 by yourkeau
"How often have we recently read in the last year of those who have been bludgeoned to death by drunk bullyswho can only seem to attack in groups at train stations? "

You are absolutely correct that the real problem is violence and NOT drinking. So, increased police patrols, bigger fines for aggressive bullies and Hausverbot for them will solve the problem. Now, the police will fine those who drink 1 beer instead of fighting violence, as this is so easy.
15:21 October 19, 2012 by hanskarl
Drinking is not the problem if done moderately. Personal irresponsibility leads to over indulgence in drinking. Over indulgence leads to drunkenness. Drunkenness leads to less inhibition and fear and in a group setting of unruly people with a xenophobic bent or a mentality of aggressiveness in general obviously this leads to the problems.

We have all been to many events, restaurants with open air seating, and other places where enjoying an alcoholic beverage or two does not lead to violence nor does it lead to arrests by the police.
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