The escape from torrential rain in the subway passage near Praterstern last Wednesday resulted in a heavy punishment for a Viennese – and not only for him …
The well-known restorer Wolfgang Ruckenbauer got his car, which he had parked in a garage near the Ferris wheel, halfway dry on Wednesday, but ‘lighter’ at 115 euros. Because the Wiener Linien collected this proud amount as a toll via the underground passage at the Praterstern from the Viennese.
The background: Ruckenbauer, who runs the legendary Aristo Bar in Döbling, attended a meeting at the House of Economy on Lassallestrasse on Wednesday afternoon. The garage is 600 meters away – just on the other side of the Praterstern.
Just as the meeting ended and all participants were on their way, it started pouring like cats and dogs. Videos of the downpour also caused a stir on social media, even the equestrian center had to close at short notice. In order not to get wet, the “Aristo-Rucki” decided to go underground. But he had overlooked the fact that a public transport ticket is required for this.
Controls not friendly, but legal
Behind the next bend, a “yellow wall” of checkers built up, which the “rain refugees” immediately cashed in. Attempts at an explanation came to nothing. “I can only advise everyone to take a good look before entering the stations,” warns Ruckenbauer.
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