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Barfing Oktoberfest drunks face taxi cleanup fees

The Local · 20 Sep 2010, 12:15

Published: 20 Sep 2010 12:15 GMT+02:00

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The case involved a lawsuit brought by a taxi driver in the Bavarian capital following a nasty 2009 incident in his vehicle, a court statement said.

After picking up a Munich couple on their way home from the city's annual beer festival, the driver said the man threw up in his vehicle, which cost a combined €241 for cleanup and missed work.


The taxi driver attempted to charge the passenger, but he alleged that the driver had not obliged his request to pull over, and had berated him instead.

“It is undisputed that the defendant vomited in the taxi during the drive and soiled the taxi,” the court said in a statement, calling the act a breach of the “contract of carriage.”

“Those who drunkenly get into taxis must calculate that they might have to vomit,” the court said. “In principle they then owe payment of cleaning costs.”

But because the driver did not stop immediately, he was also at fault for the incident, and would therefore receive only half of the sum which he requested.

The ruling, made on September 2, is effective immediately, meaning drunken revellers at this year’s ongoing 200th Anniversary Oktoberfest celebration should think twice before they stumble into a cab.

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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.

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Your comments about this article

13:34 September 20, 2010 by NYsteve
Cleaning up after yourself is only fair BUT 241 euros? seems excessive to me.
14:45 September 20, 2010 by heathen
I say it's the part of doing business. I'm sure seasoned pro taxi drivers can identify potential upchucking customers and refuse service (unless this is against German law to discriminate against drunks?). I'm surprised that this sort of thing isn't covered by insurance. I say the taxi driver gambled and lost so tough scheiss for the taxi driver.
20:00 September 20, 2010 by wenddiver
You don't want drunks to throw up in your cab? Suggest you stay the hell away from Octoberfest and make your money elsewhere. DUH!
21:57 September 20, 2010 by wxman
Every year, it's the same thing. The opening article shows the event grounds and beautiful madchens in their dirndls hoisting a Mas of bier. Then, a day or two later, we see the pictures of revelers laying sleeping and/or puking on the lawns. I'm not being critical, just observing.
23:30 September 20, 2010 by JohnPaul44
@NY steve

241 euros is excessive? Obviously, you don't own an automobile!
22:40 September 21, 2010 by blufx1963
Being a taxi driver myself, I just use cold water, and a wet/d5y vacuum to clean up the mess. Not a big deal here, folks, unless you got fabric seats, that hold the smell.
18:08 September 22, 2010 by NYsteve

thats about $350 US...roughly....I guess it depends on the condition of the taxi BEFORE the "up-chucking"...but based on most cabs...the beginning condition isn't very clean
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