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Last Call: Drunken Crowds Cram Munich’s Subway For Final Toast Before Alcohol Ban

A permanent alcohol ban went into effect Sunday for the S-Bahn, Munich’s subway system. The night before, thousands turned up for one last binge. Reporter Marco Marco Völklein shares his notes on this most unusual of underground parties.

Party's over...
Party's over...
Marco Völklein

Odeonsplatz station, 7:24 p.m

Two young girls are seated on the U4 headed towards Theresienwiese. Each of them holds a bottle of Piccolo sparkling wine in one hand and a smart phone in the other. "Hey, look, Sebastian's here already," one of them says. "Is something happening?" the other asks."No. Nothing. Shit!"

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