Saturday, October 20, 2007

Totally Deflated

Never Mind The Tyre, Give Us Your Licence

An Austrian motorist too drunk to change a tyre phoned a police emergency number by mistake instead of the breakdown service and wound up losing his licence. "He mixed up emergency service numbers," a police official in the central town of Andau said. "On the phone it was clear he was highly intoxicated and we sent over a patrol car. He doesn't need his vehicle now because we took his license."

FOOTNOTE: Tow nails.

10 comments:

Jules said...

Good play on words!!!! Sometimes you wonder how people like this get up every morning and do up their shoes.

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Merisi said...

I tried to find a second Andau in Austria, one more "central" than the one I know, alas, any which way I googled, I couldn't find one.

Andau is a small town in the Burgenland region of Austria, 90 km south-east of Vienna (as you can see on this map, it is located at one of the eastern most tips of Austria, on the border to Hungary). Andau is known for its warm climate, its excellent wine and its role in the fallout of the Hungarian Revolution in 1956, when thousands and thousands of refugees fled to freedom over a small wooden bridge that connects the Hungarian Jànossomorja and Andau (in total, more than 200.000 Hungarians managed to excape to freedom into Austria). The American novelist James A. Michener was an eyewitness to the events in Andau and later wrote a book about it, "The Bridge of Andau". Richard Nixon, the then High Cimmisioner for Refugees, visited Andau around Christmas 1956 to witness the dramatic situation. Refugees were housed in schools, private homes, the movie house, everything with a roof.

Nowadays, with the Iron Curtain eliminated and Hungary's borders open once again, people can cross the wooden bridge on foot to walk from one country to the other. It seems like a nightmare now, thinking that for half a century soldiers with loaded guns would have gunned down anybody to try to do so. And people did try, to flee over the "green border" to freedom, many paying with their lives.

Shrink Wrapped Scream said...

tee-hee, serves the blighter right!

Shrink Wrapped Scream said...

er - I meant the drunk, not the refugees..

captain corky said...

That'll teach him!

Akelamalu said...

Not the sort of mistake you want to make!

Nessa said...

Problem solved.

DaddyKaos said...

Back in the late 80's a friend of mine had a flat after a rather raucous evening and being rather inebriated and not knowing what he was doing walked into a small town Texas police station.

Lucky for him they must have been in a forgiving mood that night and they just escorted him to his hotel.

~Fathairybastard~ said...

Poor dumb bastard.

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