Lukas S. had popped into a Turkish takeaway in the Lower Austrian town’s main square to get a bite to eat and sat down on the pavement outside to enjoy his kebab.
“Two stern policemen happened to be passing by and they told me I was getting in the way of pedestrians and took down my details. The square was deserted.”
"I thought at first I was eating too fast and they were going to give me a speeding ticket,” Lukas S. jokingly told the Heute newspaper.
Three weeks later he received a fine in the post for €100, for “eating a kebab snack whilst sitting and thus impeding pedestrians.”
He did however find the meaty fine a little hard to swallow. He appealed against it and it was reduced to €60. “I paid up but it certainly left a sour taste,” Lukas said.