Wacken Open Air nursing home escapees weren't elderly, didn't attend festival

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It was the story of the summer - two pensioners snuck out of a retirement home in northern Germany to attend Wacken Open Air, the world's biggest heavy metal festival, only to be later found by police and taken back. It turns out they weren't so elderly, nor did they escape from a nursing home. This earned them recognition on social media as "heroes", as reported by Deutsche Welle. But, as pointed out by effect of Sound, the news outlet now says it was misinformed about the Wacken Open Air incident. "The care home quickly organized a return transport after police picked them up". But perhaps most surprising of all is that the duo didn't even make it to Wacken Open Air last week.

The miscommunication isn't hard to understand - in a story from August 4 by German broadcaster NDR, a police spokesperson was quoted as saying that the pair "had obviously liked the metal festival", going on to say that they "seemed disoriented and apathetic" at the bus stop where they were eventually found. The initial story originated from a statement by Itzehoe police, which has since been corrected. "However, the men did not have tickets for the festival and were not at any of the festival events". Police said alcohol "had contributed to their helpless situation".

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Festival-goers called police after finding the two "helpless, disoriented and intoxicated" waiting for a bus home at a main street stop after the buses had stopped running at 3 a.m. Saturday. While the story wasn't exactly true, remember that Rob Halford, Ozzy Osbourne and more metal icons are legitimately senior citizens and still rocking as hard as anyone! Sound off in the comments section below.

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