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Blood and booze for foreigners at Oktoberfest

The Local · 27 Sep 2012, 09:17

Published: 27 Sep 2012 09:17 GMT+02:00

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The 54-year-old man and his German wife were both pretty drunk on Monday night, a police spokesman told The Local on Wednesday.

“They were staying the night in one of the tents at the festival and were fairly inebriated when they both had to leave the tent. One went left and the other went right, and they didn’t see each other again.”

Once the couple had both been to the toilet they failed to find each other again – and although they had already agreed on a plan for such an incident, this failed to work.

“They had agreed that if they lost each other, they would meet up at their holiday flat in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and although the gentleman went back there, his wife didn’t. She stayed in Munich, looking for him at the train station,” the police spokesman said.

Luckily he contacted the police in Garmisch who got in touch with their colleagues in Munich and the couple were reunited.

Another American at the Oktoberfest allegedly attacked two security guards after being told to leave a beer tent for dancing on the table, the Münchner Merkur newspaper reported. The 20-year-old grabbed a steak-knife as he was being escorted from the tent on Sunday afternoon and tried to attack the two security guards.

Although he did not manage to hurt the security guards, the man himself was left lying on the floor in crippling pain after tearing the meniscus in his recently operated knee during the scuffle.

An Australian man ended up in hospital on Sunday night after getting into a fight with three Jordanian men – he had a huge Mass beer glass slammed into the back of his head.

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The 24-year-old was first hit by a 23-year-old Jordanian with a glass, and then as security guards were helping him to his feet, he was hit again with a glass which shattered and left him with serious cuts.

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09:52 September 27, 2012 by bnort
And this is why we go to Volksfest instead.
10:14 September 27, 2012 by whiteriver
¦quot;They had agreed that if they lost each other, they would meet up at their holiday flat in Garmisch-Partenkirchen(...)"

I guess they should choose a location closer to the party.
11:45 September 27, 2012 by frankiep
Did this happen in 1990? I mean, hasn't this couple ever heard of cell phones?
12:59 September 27, 2012 by pepsionice
I remember back in the 1980s....where folks would get lost from each other, and eventually have to board different trains and wouldn't bump into each other until they got back to Kaiserslautern.

Around 2003, we had an office group who went to a wine fest, with everyone getting back to the bus at the end of the day....and this one woman walks up crying that her bus left hours ago and she was out of money, so they took off back with them.
13:36 September 27, 2012 by gatorexpat
@ bnort: Quiet! Before Wasen is also overtaken by idiots. ;)
14:40 September 27, 2012 by michael4096
It's amazing just how few incidents there are considering the number of people and amount of alcohol. I have difficulties imagining it anywhere else in the world.
16:43 September 27, 2012 by TRJ
I too was amazed at how few incidents there are considering the number of people, the amount of beer and the close proximity. Last year my group (35-42 yrs) were being harassed by our neighboring group (19-22 yrs) and security was there in an instant grabbing the lead perpetrators by the heads and dragging them out roughly. Two hours later, the pair reappeared looking sullen and far more sober. And they were well-bahaved (and closely watched) the remainder of the day. Superior commitment to security (in my experience).
17:23 September 27, 2012 by smart2012
Last 2 guys, most things are not reported by Munich press, to keep saying how great OF is, but they happen a lot. I live in Munich, and I stay away from Wiesen area in the 3 weeks, as it is dirty, dangerous and full of drunk people.

OF: primitive party with lots of drunk primitive people.

Go to holtzkirchen beer festival, much better and more traditional, not sold to beer capitalism
17:44 September 27, 2012 by michael4096

I live in Munich too - and, I find your mis-characterizations here rather sad.

Enormous numbers of people have great fun at the beerfest. Many don't even drink, let alone get drunk and 'primitive'. In fact, there is only about 1 litre of beer drunk for every visitor and there are many, many old people, children and other visitors just going for the fun-fair and ambiance.

Personnally, I also prefer my local beerfest in Pfaffenhofen, but the wies'n gives millions of people much pleasure and is far, far less 'dirty and dangerous' than other festivals in the world. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean you need to go on an untruthful trashing campaign.
18:14 September 27, 2012 by smart2012
Thanks Michael, sorry, OF is dirty, dangerous and overrated. Otherwise we would not have this article. And many news are hidden by press (a nice english friend of mine got almost killed by a mass on his head thrown by a drunk guy to secure his sit at the table.. This was not reported on any newspaper).. And honestly, I have been traveling all around the world, and I rarely saw such a party with people drunk fighting, furting, vomiting and peeing..

Sorry man, if u would tell me Christmass markets are nice I would agree, but no excuses for an awful OF good only for beer companies selling beers at huge price
18:28 September 27, 2012 by IchBinKönig

That's your opinion. It benefits the hotels, taxis, restaurants, travel industry, temporary employment, taxes, etc etc usw.... In short brings lots of money to the region. Yes, even to, God forbid, the Bier industries. As a whole 99% of people go by their own free will, and enjoy themselves without incident. Old, young and in between, come from around the world to experience Germany. Not such a bad thing after all. Especially at a time when Germany, and the wealthier south is expected to bail out the whole of Europe on you big government lovers behalfs.
20:11 September 27, 2012 by schneebeck

Your superior intellect is just the cat's ass isn't it!

"I'm too stupid to build myself a good house, so I will move into yours. And while I am living in your house, I'll tell you how much smarter I am than you, and what you should do in your house so it is better for me. Never mind what you think is better for you in your own house, I do not need to listen to you for I am smarter."

You should give me your house that you built too, for I am smarter.

Your thinking is representative of the natural world. It is real primal and neanderthal, you know, primitive.

Move to China. Now that's advanced. No "undecutated" behaviour there.
21:43 September 27, 2012 by Bigfoot76
Michael, Pfaffenhofen is a great town. I am in Gerolsbach so naturally I go there often. I am not sure what the event was they had the past couple of weeks but it sure looked entertaining. I unfortunately only had the opportunity to drive by several times.

Smart, ripping on Oktoberfest repeatedly is pretty lame. You say it is over rated, what evidence do you have of that? 6 million people attend each year. It has become so popular that countries around the world now celebrate at the same time. It feeds the local economy quite well and celebrates culture in a form that is now over 100 years old. Any event held that involves a large number of people has the potential to turn ugly. Rock concerts, sporting events, Justin Bieber autograph session and yes Oktoberfest. Chillax, you don't like it...we get it, now move on.
21:54 September 27, 2012 by smart2012
It is funny to see how hot u become on the topics where I raise issues vs your "perfect" Germany world.. And u become hot cause I touch open wounds, which bild press never raise.. :) u should listen to fresh eyes and try to improve, not fighting back on what we say. OF yes, brings money, but is a primitive party.

And yes, this is my view, I am not perfect, but u sometimes should listen at other views, otherwise we will end up in a ww3.

And a reco: treat well Muslim in your country, people who is working crazily, otherwise we will get closer to ww3
23:17 September 27, 2012 by joysonabraham
@smart2012 why are you so obsessed with the Oktoberfest. Why you cant find anything good there when there are so many good things happening between so many good people. I was also there during the whole Oktoberfest season last year, every day and i couldn't find anything appalling as you describe.

It is Germany, things never go so bad as you say.

You sound like someone who don't have much idea about how wrong things can go when there is booze and millions of people around. I think you are someone who may vomit when you see someone sneeze :))
23:17 September 27, 2012 by coffmap8
It is an amature vomit fest Had a special ticket to get in a tent and it was a push fest. Took 1 1/2 hours to get to my platz and crammed in with people grabbing women's breasts! Nasty drunken people and will never go again as long as I live! I love Munchen but not this fest! Disgusting free for all and vomit everywhere! Just pee where you can? Don't go to October Fest!
07:34 September 28, 2012 by smart2012
Thanks coffmap 8 :)

And to the guys who talked about the 6 million visitors: all the munich beer companies send free invitations for OF to all bar/pub/restaurant owners selling their beers all around the world. In addition, all Munich based companies arrange quarterly meetings or so during OF... Then u can easily calculate why the people come..

Go to Rome, Paris, Barcelona, and then u will see real tourists
07:57 September 28, 2012 by raandy
If those incidents are the culmination of all the negative problems during the OF then I would say it was reasonably calm.
11:11 September 28, 2012 by kparsels
Just a quick question. Why is Oktoberfest held in September?
22:03 September 28, 2012 by Bigfoot76
"all the munich beer companies send free invitations for OF to all bar/pub/restaurant owners selling their beers all around the world"

So if this were true, why would the bar/pub/restaurant owners forward that onto the customers? It would mean that the customers go somewhere else for their beer instead of the bar/pub/restaurant for the next 2-3 weeks.

I have never heard of anyone receiving any kind of advertisement for Oktoberfest in other countries while visiting an establishment that served alcohol. I had friends in many countries as I am sure many of the other people on this page do...but no one has ever told me the came to Oktoberfest because they heard about it at a bar/pub/restaurant.

You bring up what you call issues...they seem to be issues only for you. Should we try to improve what YOU have a problem with? Maybe it should be the other way around as in most societies, it is the majority that rules.

It seems more like you had a bad experience and therefor you want to sour the experience for everyone else. This is truly primitive. Your inability to adapt to the social structure in which you choose to live is not the fault of the culture that surrounds you. Sorry, this falls on you.

Go have a Maß at the Oktoberfest and get over your insecurities.
10:41 September 29, 2012 by smart2012
My Big Foot friend, the invite is for the owners themselves, who then brings male friends to get drunk....
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