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Woman ‘misplaces’ her car in Munich for 39 days

The Local · 6 May 2011, 12:23

Published: 06 May 2011 12:23 GMT+02:00

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The Express tabloid reported this week that Susanne W., aged 45, lost the vehicle with a retail value of €50,000 on her way to see a show in the Bavarian capital with her daughter on March 27.

She told the paper she “didn’t know her way around so well” in Munich, so she followed a friend to guide her to the best parking spot ahead of the concert. However, after being distracted by chatting with her 11-year-old daughter, she then followed the wrong car into what turned out to be a private garage.

“It was only one floor below ground and I parked quite close to the exit in a spot that didn’t have a number,” explained Susanne W.

But after going to the other car expecting to find her friend she discovered “there was someone else inside,” sparking her to go for a stroll with her daughter after realizing they’d be too late for the show.

A few hours later, however, Susanne W. was unable to track down her Audi. Eventually they were forced to take a taxi for the 42 kilometre journey back home to the town of Tutzing.

Susanne W. then made several return trips to Munich to search for her car, even knocking on doors on the street where she thought the garage was located.

“The Audi wasn’t towed because otherwise the police or a towing company would have called,” she told Express.

After failing to have any luck with the police, she hung posters in the windows of local shops and restaurants offering a €100 reward. But the money remaining unclaimed and it looked as the car would be lost forever.

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Only after mentioning her 39-day comic ordeal to a Munich newspaper did city resident Claus Piller call her to say he had found her car in his private parking spot.

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12:41 May 6, 2011 by iseedaftpeople
lol what a silly story.

Although I should probably curb my Schadenfreude...

I live in an urban neighborhood myself, in an area with no designated tenant parking spaces. Sometimes when I park my car on the curb at night, the next morning, I can't for the life of me remember where I left it. So sometimes, running late for work as often, you will see me desperately wandering the streets near the block where I live, and then almost jumping for joy when I manage to spot my vehicle ;-)
13:03 May 6, 2011 by FredFinger
Not so funny. Now, where DID I park my Masserati?
13:18 May 6, 2011 by jbaker
Claus Pillar had her in his space for 39 days a did not have it towed or check to see who's car it was? Drug use these days is rampant I guess.
13:19 May 6, 2011 by Ami-In-DE
Perhaps this is the same woman that was fined for having sex in public in Munich???? It would explain a lot...
13:29 May 6, 2011 by Simon_Kellett

Same for us in our old place (when we owned a car). But we never lost it for more than 1/2 hour !

> Claus Pillar had her in his space for 39 days a did not have it towed or check to see who's car it was?

Maybe he does not own a car, just a place that goes with his flat?
14:24 May 6, 2011 by tallady
This is news worthy?
15:02 May 6, 2011 by jbaker
If Claus does not have a car, then he should sub-lease the space for extra money. Then again he might be well off in the money department and does not need the extra money or maybe the complex does not allow sub-leasing. The Local needs to investigate this and expose more breaking news.
16:17 May 6, 2011 by heathen
what a dumbfu
16:39 May 6, 2011 by JRSofty
As Tutzing has an S-Bahn connection she probably should have just taken that into Munich. Less chance of misplacing her car.
17:42 May 6, 2011 by Chicago1996
She could have also walked around the neighborhood while pressing the panic button on her key (if she has one). The alarm going off would have gotten her attention for sure.
18:37 May 6, 2011 by wood artist
Sometimes you gotta wonder. At other times, you can be sure!

19:35 May 6, 2011 by EastPrussia
jbaker - you are hilarious! I know, there should be more breaking news on subjects like this, similar to the woman who put that deer in a headlock, right? Well anyway, losing your car is embarassing enough without a newspaper running a story on it!
19:41 May 6, 2011 by jmclewis
This woman is so dumb. She should be an American!
19:55 May 6, 2011 by heathen
jmclewis: you can eat my American bacon stripped underpants.
22:13 May 6, 2011 by wxman
@jmclewis, When people do silly things like this in the US, we always say, "Stupid German! HaHaHa!"
04:23 May 7, 2011 by Universalismus


Absolutely agree. Ridiculous article. Whats up thelocal? Are you publishing articles that make people outside Europe believe that Germans somehow cant see the light at the end of the tunnel?


Its AmeriCANTs... Cant think, Cant Act, Cant see reality, AmeriCANTs
20:26 May 8, 2011 by Lisa Rusbridge
Weird question: why is her age mentioned in the headline, or even the article for that matter? Is her age somehow significant? It's not as though the article is mentioning early onset of dementia or Alzheimer Disease, or other typically age related disorders/diseases in relation to misplacing her car.
18:03 May 9, 2011 by donniaahumanoid
what silly news! if she wasn't familiar with the area, why didn't she take note of her surroudings?
22:14 May 10, 2011 by Gabriel Grubb
How does she know it is not stolen?
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