Austrian man fined for farting ‘with full intent’ at police

An Austrian man was charged after intentionally farting at police officers. File/Getty Images

Life’s a breeze — until you get fined for cutting the cheese.

An Austrian man has been charged 500 euros (about $763 in Canada) for breaking wind loudly, and intentionally, in front of a police officer, the Associated Press reports.

And this breaking of wind may have broken new legal ground. It took the police in Vienna a while to get to the bottom of whether the malodorous misconduct on June 5 actually merited a sanction. They ultimately decided to fine the man for offending public decency.

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Vienna police tweeted that “of course no one is reported for accidentally letting one go.” Well, of course not.

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They allege that the man behaved provocatively and uncooperatively during an encounter with officers that preceded the fart.

Clearly, they don’t abide by the “whoever smelt it, dealt it” rule.

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According to officials, the man stood up from a park bench, looked at the police nearby and “let go a massive intestinal wind apparently with full intent,” they said.

“And our colleagues don’t like to be farted at so much.”

Police noted that the decision could be appealed against.


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