A man in Vienna has been charged 500 euros (about $763 in Canada) for breaking wind loudly and intentionally in front of police officers, a move that the Austrian capital’s police force was at pains to defend.
The penalty was the result from an incident which took place on June 5, and the offender has been fined by the police after offending public decency.
The police defended the hefty fine, saying the man “rose slightly from the park bench, looked at the officers, and apparently intentionally released a massive fart in the immediate vicinity of the officers. And the colleagues are rather reluctant to fart."
The accused complained of what he called the disproportionate and unjustified fine when he gave his statement of the incident on the O24 news website.
In a Twitter post, the city police wrote that "Of course, nobody is put on the spot if one slips out by accident."
But in this case, the police said that the young man had appeared "provocative and uncooperative" in general.
In another tweet, the Vienna Police Department said that the fine "is imposed individually by the criminal officer (a lawyer) for each individual case. As with any administrative announcement, appeals can be lodged and legal remedies can be brought."
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