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Tattletale keeps records on parking violators

The Local · 6 Jan 2012, 11:38

Published: 06 Jan 2012 11:38 GMT+01:00

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Horst-Werner Nilges, also known as Knöllchen-Horst or “Parking Ticket Horst,” has been tormenting the Osterode district where he lives for years.

When the 58-year-old sees a parking violation, he documents it and sends a report to local authorities, in the hope they’ll issue real parking tickets.

In the past, Nilges has also ticketed a helicopter that landed and blocked a parking space during a rescue mission.

But this week Nilges admitted that he doesn’t just send off reports, he meticulously documents each violation in a computer, so he can identify repeat offenders. That’s prompted concern that he may be in violation of Germany’s strict data protection laws.

But local prosecutors said that as long as Nilges keeps the records only for himself, he’s legally in the clear.

Officials said they rarely act on information they receive from Nilges because they are rarely delivered with evidence to back up the claims such as photographs.

But Knöllchen-Horst has himself run afoul of traffic regulations at least once: In 2010 he had to pay €33.50 after receiving a photo radar ticket for driving too fast.

Although he had previously talked of scaling back his habit, he remains unable to kick it. A few days ago he ticketed a truck parked in the wrong direction.

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Your comments about this article

12:11 January 6, 2012 by pepsionice
If you ask me.....he has a mental issue, but he's stable enough to remain free. At least he isn't monitoring the weight and age of women in his village.
14:43 January 6, 2012 by jmclewis
This guy needs a life....... perhaps a tv will help, or the net.
16:08 January 6, 2012 by raandy
Another compulsive retentive person in Germany. What else is new?
17:47 January 6, 2012 by ErnestPayne
Have a neighbour with a similar attitude about any infractions. For some reason all the snow gets piled up in front of his garage.
17:57 January 6, 2012 by Englishted
He is retired at 58 ?

Must have been a teacher ,a civil servant or a politician then .
18:56 January 6, 2012 by garyh911
I have lived in Germany for about 2 years and maybe two times have I seen the police stop to give someone a ticket, for either a moving or stationary offense, but they will drive right by a violation instead of stopping and getting off their *ss. If they did their job, I guess this guy wouldn't have to!
22:18 January 6, 2012 by maxbrando
Stick a fist up his a.. and tell him to cough two times. This should help relieve him of his mental agonies.
01:42 January 8, 2012 by Deutschguy
So many Germans seem to have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. If he'd see a psychiatrist and get evaluated, he'd get medicine that brings it under control. At least he would in the U.S.

Sad that he wastes so much energy and time on something so meaningless.
07:31 January 8, 2012 by heyheyhey

You talk like a typical American. I fail to see the point of making such a comment.

It makes me believe that you are very hostile, even toward someone like this fellow who has OCD. He cannot help that he does this. It is likely due to brain chemistry gone awry. A little compassion, rather than aggression perhaps?
13:43 January 12, 2012 by William Thirteen
poor Horst should move to the US. He's fit right in with the police state DHS is building over there...
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