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Parking tattletale faces fine after making 15,000 citations

DPA/The Local · 4 Aug 2010, 11:21

Published: 04 Aug 2010 11:21 GMT+02:00

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Horst-Werner Nilges, also known as Knöllchen-Horst to people in Osterode county, was fined €10 (plus a €23.50 processing fee) for speeding 10 kilometres per hour over the limit in Pöhlde this March. But the 56-year-old early pensioner didn’t want to pay, registering a protest instead.

During two-and-a-half hours of proceedings at the Herzberg district court on Tuesday, the stickler for parking rules said he had not been driving too fast. Meanwhile his lawyer tried to convince the judge that speed camera photos should not be used as evidence.

But Judge Carsten Schindler rejected the appeal and told the tattletale to pay the fine.

Nilges’ obsession with parking violations – even on Sundays and holidays – did not come up during the proceedings, but he has reportedly received death threats and has been banned from several Harz locales for it.

Head of the local traffic authority Eckhardt Bündge said that once the man even reported a rescue helicopter for blocking a parking space, but said he could only speculate on the reasons why he continued to torment drivers and authorities with his pedantic hobby.

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Perhaps he was driven by a “sick sense of order” or believed that authorities were too lax in their surveillance of traffic violations in the quiet area, he said.

Nilges told court observers he did not know if he would appeal the fine, but he's reportedly considering scaling back his hobby in order to fight allegedly unjustified fees for rubbish collection.

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

12:49 August 4, 2010 by dcgi
"Tw*t with too much time gets caught and doesn't like it"
13:54 August 4, 2010 by The-ex-pat
Rules and regulations, they are only for the neighbours and foreigners, the don't actually pertain to a German himself löl
14:16 August 4, 2010 by freechoice
it's really hard not to break the law in Germany...seriously!

i tried but i failed!! LOL!
16:22 August 4, 2010 by JohnnesKönig
What goes around, comes around... Now take your medicine!
16:47 August 4, 2010 by JAMessersmith
A German with a "sick sense of order"... Who would've ever thought?
19:33 August 4, 2010 by MonkeyMania
Na Ja! I think we have all come across these kind before. Seems to be a higher percentage of them in Germany though. Born to be unhappy!
19:55 August 4, 2010 by snorge
Won't even pay the 33.50 fine? Not only is he a rat but a cheap rat at that lol....
20:42 August 4, 2010 by biker hotel harz
Don't worry guys, he lives just 10 minutes from me. I'll stick my fist down his throat on behalf of everybody. What an arsehole!
21:40 August 4, 2010 by marimay
Hes probably one of those butt-heads that pull into the left lane of the autobahn when they see someone approaching too fast behind him just to make them brake.
23:37 August 4, 2010 by moreanon
What did this man do wrong?
00:06 August 5, 2010 by proclusian
Tja, so macht jeder was er will.

By the way, why did the Local pixelate his face?

Die Zeit and FAZ websites all showed it. Unmask this Arschloch.
11:32 August 5, 2010 by Prufrock2010
In every German there's a little policeman trying to get out, but this little rat bastard takes the prize.
14:07 August 13, 2010 by sorochin
mor(ean)on: Here on the planet Earth, we tend to take a dim view of snithches. They're enemies of the people.
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