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German men’s field hockey team owes $625K for post-Olympic party

Maggie Hendricks
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(The Local)

The German men's hockey team had quite a party to celebrate winning the gold medal in London. Now, they face a $625,000 bill for it.

The team rented out the MS Deutschland for their post-Olympic soiree. Pictures surfaced of the team smoking cigars and drinking champagne on the boat. After the party, Deutschland staff found burn marks, stains from spilled drinks and broken glass.

Though the team apologized and gave the Deutschland's operators a signed stick, that isn't enough to make up for the damage or the time lost to repairing the boat.

"The carpets and upholstery cannot be replaced while the ship is in use," Deilmann shipping company spokeswoman Kornelia Kneissl told Bild newspaper. Every day on land costs the shipping company €75,000, she said.

With the missed time on water and repairs, the bill will come out to about $625,000. With $625K, the German team could have bought a one-bedroom apartment in New York, a bungalow in a hot area of Atlanta, or five police officers for a town in suburban Maryland.

Instead, the boat's owners will look to each team member to pay for the damages. Instead of going after the group, they want whoever was responsible for the damage to pay. The company imagines this will end up in court. Yep, that's a good assumption to make.

Thanks, USA Today.

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