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Vienna bartender fined €70 for loud burp
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Vienna bartender fined €70 for loud burp

The Local · 23 Feb 2016, 12:03

Published: 23 Feb 2016 12:03 GMT+01:00

Police who heard the man burping near the Praterstern area of the Austrian capital Vienna told him it was a breach of the peace and slapped him with a €70 fine.

The incident went viral in Austria when Edin Mehic posted a copy of the police report of the incident on his Facebook page, saying: "I know in these times police are very present on the streets to tackle crime but surely tackling a burper is a bit too much.

"It was a Sunday and I was enjoying a walk in the park, and I suddenly felt hungry. I ordered one the way I like it, spicy with a lot of onion."

He said he had been shocked when he felt a policeman's arm on his shoulder after the burp and even more surprised when he ended up with the fine. He said: "I didn't even know he was there until I felt his arm on my shoulder."

He added: "I guess things can't be as bad in the area as we read in the papers because if they have time to chase up burping, it means there isn’t anything more serious to worry about."

After heated debate online about the subject, it was then confirmed that a flash mob will meet on Saturday 27th to drink cola, eat kebabs and then stage a mass burping.

Edin said he thought he had been at least 20 metres away from the police officers when he burped and had no idea that they could have even heard it.

In the meantime, the 27-year-old has handed the matter over to his lawyer, Heinz Robathin, who said: "It is all a question of perspective. If my client had done it in the opera or theatre, I could probably understand somebody complaining. But not in the Praterstern, where there are drug dealers and other people of a dubious character on a daily basis.

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People burping is hardly rare there. This is such an abuse of police authority that it borders on misconduct."

Story courtesy of Central European News.

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