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Canadian Oktoberfest man dies in tram smash

The Local · 1 Oct 2012, 16:50

Published: 01 Oct 2012 16:50 GMT+02:00

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The 26-year-old Canadian, identified only as Leslie M., was trying to cross the tram line at around 7 pm on Saturday from between two cars stuck in a traffic jam while "in a drunken state," authorities said in a statement.

"He was taken to hospital and attempts were made to resuscitate him on the way but he died a short time later," the police said.

Leslie M. had travelled from Winnipeg with a friend especially to visit the beer festival.

Every year, around seven million people from all over the world come to the southern German city of Munich for a 16-day party, during which roughly the same number of Mass (litre-sized glasses) of beer are consumed.

At the half-way stage this year, some 3.6 million people have visited the Oktoberfest, with the same volume of litres of beer downed, the Süddeutsche Zeitung daily, said on Monday.

The League Against Fraudulent Pouring – an organisation fighting stingy servings – maintains that most of these glasses were not filled properly, though.

And while this may be the case, under-filling has not seemed to stop visitors overdoing it. The Red Cross has already treated 445 people for alcohol poisoning, most of whom were under 30. This is 20 percent more than in 2011.

There have also been more arrests and more injuries than last year, and the lost and found tent has already racked up an interesting collection of forgotten items. Around 200 mobile phones, a wedding ring, a French horn and a leg brace are among the items waiting to be claimed.

At least one dog generally ends up in the lost and found each year but so far, none have been found owner-less.

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In fact, one of the only aspects of the festival to have gone down this year is the amount of veal being ordered. Chicken consumption on the other hand, has gone up by five percent already.

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Your comments about this article

19:21 October 1, 2012 by smart2012
Oktober fest: dirty, primitive, and as you can see dangerous.. PS: am sorry for this guy. In more sober places this would not happen
19:55 October 1, 2012 by smb04
May you Rest in Peace my dear Cousin... you were taken from us all too soon... You will be missed but never forgotten. Watch down on us and protect us. Lots of Love.
20:21 October 1, 2012 by Englishted

Will you please stop going on and on about it if you don't like it don't go ,if people enjoy being "dirty, primitive" let them 16 days a year is not the end of the world .

Sorry for the chap who died but remember those climbers kill the other day would you stop that and wrap us up in cotton wool?
20:47 October 1, 2012 by smart2012
What should I stop? Should i stop saying that OF is a festival to get drunk, and it is dirty and dangerous? Man, it is fine that u like it, but what I am saying is a fact..why should I stop? I want to warn people coming over..

And about climbers, climbing is an extreme sport, those guys died on a mountain called the "mountain of death".

Do u want to compare climbing, or formula 1, or motor-racing, or parashooting with OF??? R u kidding us???
21:13 October 1, 2012 by TRJ
@smart2012- Yes, we get it that you do not like Oktoberfest. And you have pointed out reasons that you believe it is an undesirable incident. But you beat the subject into the ground again and again every time an article appears.

Yes, what you describe is negative, I agree. But my experiences there don't match what you describe which reduces our views to opinions. Just opinions. But every time you take to the comments section, you are on a crusade to be sure that only your opinion counts.

So in summary- you hate Oktoberfest. Duly noted. I think it is grand. Duly noted on my account. Now that we have made our opinions known, let's give it a rest.
21:25 October 1, 2012 by smart2012
Are we in a free world? You should tell the local not to publish these articles, which actually are confirming what I am saying. Articles which Bavarian newspapers put in the last page (if they even report it)

And I do not hate OF, I just think it is a party for drunk people, dirty and dangerous.. And I'll go there on Sunday, normally the last day is the quiter and less extreme..
22:14 October 1, 2012 by wasserball
Will beer be half price after Oktoberfest? Just wishing.
22:20 October 1, 2012 by PNWDev
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
00:35 October 2, 2012 by smart2012
Thanks pnwdev, I like your sarchasm :)

And thanks the local to one up topics hidden by Bild news
07:57 October 2, 2012 by frankiep
I bet you're just a blast to have around at partys
12:53 October 2, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
SlobFest more like it. There is nothing cultural about painting the streets with Vomit and Urine. Great for the German Beer industry thought with the health insurance picking up the tab after the degeneracy is over.
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