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94-year-old escapes hospital for birthday beer
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94-year-old escapes hospital for birthday beer

Published: 11 Jan 2013 08:11 GMT+01:00
Updated: 11 Jan 2013 08:11 GMT+01:00

A 94-year-old pensioner broke out of hospital in Munich so he could belatedly celebrate his birthday in one of the German city's famous beer halls, police said Thursday.

A passer-by noticed the elderly man at an underground rail station on Wednesday as he still had an intravenous drip needle implanted in his left hand.

He took the slightly dazed man to transport authorities who called the police.

"After several calls, it emerged that the pensioner had bolted from a Munich clinic," police said in a statement. "He himself said he was on his way to a beer hall to have a belated birthday celebration."

Police said the man was then returned to the hospital, where doctors agreed to allow him to have the tall, frothy beverage of his choice.

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09:20 January 11, 2013 by MattyB
"...doctors agreed to allow him to have the tall, frothy beverage of his choice."

Best part of the story.
10:37 January 11, 2013 by Lawdog20636
I'm glad the doctors allowed him to have a beer.

PROST
13:04 January 11, 2013 by raandy
Nice story, hope Iam up for a beer on my 94th birthday.
15:27 January 11, 2013 by naguere
I wish I was in Munich, having a tall , frothy beverage of my choice :)
23:30 January 11, 2013 by rosebudnv
If they knew it was his birthday ( and they would as they have all the stats) why did they not offer him a beer to celebrate in the first place?? We should be so lucky to reach 94.
09:22 January 12, 2013 by Zubair Khan
Looks has a young and energetic heart.
11:43 January 12, 2013 by jeba
If (that's a big if I hope) police returned him to hospital against his will I wonder on what legal basis they did so (provided he wasn't placed under disability). A hospital is not a prison and if you want to leave you have the right to do so - even at 94.
23:30 January 12, 2013 by bullsballs
If he is a ward of the state, he is no longer a free person.
15:38 February 1, 2013 by zat_xela
Sounds like the Swedish book "The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared"...fun book and maybe soon a movie.
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