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  • Nov 14, 2013
Oktoberfest, the annual festival held every autumn in Germany, is a mecca of beer, food, beer, German culture, beer, music, rides and more beer. Considering all the stuff (beer) at the 16-day festival, it shouldn't be a shock that people routinely misplace things, whether they be wallets, cell phones or some other item. We wonder if this is the first time anyone has ever misplaced a car, though.

Yes, an Italian man lost his Volkswagen Golf "somewhere in east Munich," over the course of his time at the Theresienwiese (Oktoberfest grounds). What makes the story more shocking, though, is that the 40-year-old claims his misplaced VW wasn't due to any overindulgences. "I didn't come to drink. I came for the rides," the man, who was only known as Andreas, told The Local, an English-language German news site. He simply couldn't remember where he parked the car.

According to The Local, there are eight different entrances to the Theresienwiese, in addition to a number of train stations. "I rode all the way along [the number 16 and 17] lines looking down every side street and found nothing," the man said. Rather than give up, he spent the next five weeks traveling back and forth between Munich and his South Tyrol home, looking for the car. Eventually, after the Abendzeitung newspaper ran a story on his plight, a tip came in leading him to his long-lost Golf. "I was absolutely thrilled," said Andreas.

As for the question we posed at the start of this story about people losing cars, according to local police, this sort of stuff is hardly uncommon during Oktoberfest. "We get this sort of thing all the time," said Munich police spokesperson Christoph Reichenbach.


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      Jim R
      • 1 Year Ago
      Man, don't mess with that fraulein. Those mugs probably weigh around 8-9lbs apiece. She'a hauling around about 50lbs of glass and beer. Girl could MESS YOU UP.
      Michael Walsh
      • 1 Year Ago
      I lost our rented mini-van at Disney World one time. I knew which parking lot it was in, but you never realize just how many silver mini-vans there are in the world until you're looking for just one.
      dave and mary
      • 1 Year Ago
      Prosit!
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
      Alex Ingram
      • 1 Year Ago
      I lost my car in a big field at the Goodwood FOS this year. I tried to logically think where it must be based on the direction I drove from the entrance, only realising later that there was another entrance.
      Basil Exposition
      • 1 Year Ago
      The beers on the right side have WAY too much head. I am down with a little head like the leftmost 2 beers, but when it takes up half the stein then we have a problem
        Card13
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        I agree, but that's how the Germans always do it
          Lachmund
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Card13
          no...like on the left. right. but the ones on the right are the typical oktoberfest tourist rip off size.
      sckid213
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm sure everyone has a story like this, but in college a friend of mine completely forgot he let another friend borrow his car late one night after HEAVILY drinking (not the one who borrowed it), called the cops, did a police report, whole thing, was SUUUUPER pissed his car got "stolen again" (it had actually really been stolen once before and was kind of a theft magnet -- square Tahoe with rims, DVD player in dash and on seatbacks -- stylin' in '02)...then the friend rolled up to return the car.