How Not To Start Off Your Marriage

Step One: Don’t leave your new bride behind when driving home from the honeymoon:

A newlywed couple’s honeymoon period didn’t last very long after the groom forgot his bride at a petrol station.

The German couple were on their way home from their post-marriage holiday in France when they stopped near the town of Bad Hersfeld.

After filling up their tank on the journey home to Berlin, the hapless groom then drove off, only noticing his wife was missing hours later.

His new bride had been sleeping in the back but got up to use the toilets and he drove off before she returned.

He finally noticed she was missing after two and a half hours on the road and called police who said she was patiently waiting back at the petrol station.

I’m sure “patiently” is just the polite way to describe it.

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Doug Mataconis
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Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020.


  1. John Burgess says:

    I suspect alcohol was involved.

  2. Rafer Janders says:

    Neither of them had a cell phone?

  3. Dave Schuler says:

    That’s pretty mild. On our honeymoon my wife was arrested and I was hit by a car. Good times.

  4. Ernieyeball says:

    This is the way to end a wedding:

    Thank You Mike Nichols!

  5. Franklin says:

    @Dave Schuler: Mmmm, I think inquiring minds want to know a little bit more …

  6. Dave Schuler says:


    We were married in Los Angeles, flew from LA to Santa Cruz, rented a car and drove to Carmel for our honeymoon. As is always the case when we drive together, my wife drove (she gets motion sick otherwise). She was arrested for speeding.

    One day we rented bicycles and cycled down Highway 1. I didn’t realize that people driving down 1 have a sort of game in which they get as close as possible to people cycling along the highway. One car got a little too close and grazed me, knocking me off my bicycle. I was bruised but otherwise uninjured.

  7. Ernieyeball says:

    @Dave Schuler: The tale did not live up to the tease…

  8. Franklin says:

    I was assuming she got arrested for hitting you with the car. Of course that might have lead to a short marriage.