April 25, 2007 / 3:19 PM / 13 years ago

Drunk deposits horse in bank for night

A horse stands next to a man sleeping on the floor of an all-night cash machine area in the foyer of a bank in Wiesenburg, in this handout photo released by police April 25, 2007. REUTERS/Handout

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German man called on his bank for an unusual service when he was too tired and drunk to go home — he bedded down there for the night with his horse.

The man, identified as Wolfgang H. by German media, went to sleep next to cash machines in the local branch of the Mittelbrandenburgische Sparkasse in Wiesenburg southwest of Berlin after unsaddling his horse Sammy and closing the door.

A spokeswoman for the bank said that aside from an undesirable deposit made by his horse inside the building, the 40-year-old account holder had not breached any house rules.

“The horse was otherwise very well behaved and kept a good watch on his master,” she said Wednesday. “Perhaps we should have a supply of oats and water on the premises in future.”

Another customer discovered the horse and rider as he slept and informed police, who asked the man to leave.

A police spokesman said that since the horse’s droppings had been removed, the matter was now closed.

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