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At Least 250 People Lost Their Drivers’ Licenses at Oktoberfest Because of Drunken Scooter Riding

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Jaya Saxena is a Correspondent at, and the series editor of Best American Food Writing. She explores wide ranging topics like labor, identity, and food culture.

It’s dangerous, but “drunk scooting” is a hilarious phrase.

E-scooters were legalized in Germany just this June, and under local laws, they’re categorized as motorized vehicles. Meaning the laws that apply to cars apply to scooters. Meaning no, you cannot pound five liters of Hofbraü and scoot your way home lest you hurt yourself, hurt someone else, or — among the better case scenarios — get a ticket.

Approximately 414 Germans and tourists were caught drunk scooting during this year’s Oktoberfest in Munich, and 254 people lost their licenses because of it. (However, 254 is paltry compared to the 6.3 million people who attended the festival.) Overall, on-the-ground reporters have painted a scene e-scooter of chaos, with drunk Oktoberfest patrons abandoning two-wheel rides all over the city. But, now that e-scooters are becoming more common in big cities, remember to Just Say No to scooting under the influence. You might get a ScootUI. You’ll be thrown in the Scoot Tank! Ok, I’m done now. Seriously, you could hurt yourself.

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