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Hamburg metro braces for boozy Facebook party

The Local · 23 Jun 2011, 16:39

Published: 23 Jun 2011 16:39 GMT+02:00

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They fear that the September 30 event may be similar to when revellers caused mayhem on London's public transport system on May 31, 2008 before drinking on tubes and buses in the British capital became illegal.

According the Bild daily, more than 19,000 people in the lively port city have already indicated on Facebook they they planned to attend, although a link on the social networking website was no longer visible on Thursday.

A spokesman for the city's transport operator, Hamburger Hochbahn, said the company was currently "in talks" with the relevant authorities and was following the situation closely.

A number of "Facebook parties," where a get-together announced on the website is gatecrashed by large numbers of unwanted guests, have alarmed police and hit the headlines in Germany in recent weeks.

In early June some 1,500 unwanted guests tried to attend a girl's 16th birthday party in Hamburg that she had announced on Facebook. The teenager forgot to mark the invitation private and even included her parents' address.

Last Friday the western city of Wuppertal saw clashes between police and youths setting off fireworks and throwing beer bottles after 800 people turned up at a party called by an anonymous Facebook user.

Police used pepper spray and took 41 people into custody, while 16 others were injured. Including a major clean-up the next day, the party cost taxpayers around €120,000 ($170,000), reports said.

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Authorities in Wuppertal have attempted to ban another party organised by a 16-year-old due to take place on July 1 that 1,600 people have said on Facebook they planned to come to.


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18:42 June 23, 2011 by HHayrider

Im flying out of HH on the 27th back to Los Angeles. 3 days late and a few Euro short....
19:22 June 23, 2011 by catjones
Facebook is the story. What to do, what to do? Heavens to Betsy, this American technology will be the ruin of our country.
20:01 June 23, 2011 by trash head
> Facebook is the story.

More popular is still the VZ.net with its amounts of useers daily ;)
07:49 June 24, 2011 by german-guardian
@ catjones,

you said this American technology.

First of all first book is just a software program, and not a technology. It is not like the invension of car that we the Germans did. Secondly, anything, has to be orgainized and control in a normal manner to keep peace. Germany has been known as one of the safest countries in the world. Unlike some other countries that are like jungle with the high crime and problems.
11:53 June 24, 2011 by CaSimone
First off the very first Diagrams for the auto was by Leonardo da Vinci during the 15th century. *Italy*

The most certain, 1st, self propelled Veicle was by

Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot (1725-1804) *France*

Next; Robert Anderson 1832-1839 ELECTRIC / Electric carriage. *Scotland*

First Gas guzzler, pollution spewer, yes, this was by Karl Friedrich Benz (1844-1929) *Germany*

Second First book is "Face Book" and it is very much a **technology** of complicated coding and their implementation in a manner not contradicting each other to create a social network that is amazing and very useful besides goofballs getting together for parties.

It is aiding in contribution to a society to stay in touch and informed with each other, in personable ways, without unnecessary driving about in our polluted vehicles (till alternative methods are more firmly rooted) and adding more yuck onto this pretty beat up planet of ours.
12:44 June 24, 2011 by iseedaftpeople
looks like Hamburg is taking its cue from London and Boris Johnson's decision to ban alcohol on underground trains and buses in England's capital...

While I personally find it incredibly tacky to glug down a bottle of beer on a subway train and you would never ever see me do it, I think an all-out alcohol ban is a bit much. It's a placebo measure that satisfies the grandstanding needs of law-and-order politicians, but will do little to tackle any kind of alcohol problem some people might have. They will just go drink elsewhere.

And by stigmatizing alcohol like that, you are also punishing people who very well understand and practice the concept of self-moderation and just feel like having a little sip on their way home from work at the factory or on their way to the clubs downtown on weekends.
11:47 June 28, 2011 by poppet
Hamburg has a Metro? Indeed it does. More than one. They are a cash and carry chain. They belong to the Metro group including Kaufhof, Real and Saturn.

On the transport side Hamburg has an S-Bahn (Stadtschnellbahn, Stadtbahn or Schnellbahn) or U-Bahn (Untergrund).

Metro? non.
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