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Austrian fined €100 for eating kebab

A takeaway kebab after a night out turned out to an expensive snack for a 19-year-old Austrian in Wiener Neustadt after he was fined €100 for “obstructing pedestrians” at 3am.

Austrian fined €100 for eating kebab
Tasty... but pricey. File photo: APA

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.

 

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‘Decomposing smell’: Austrian police called due to smelly shoes

Austria's police department said they were called to an apartment complex in Vienna after a person was concerned about a "smell of decomposition".

'Decomposing smell': Austrian police called due to smelly shoes

This week, the Viennese police department started a weekly ‘series’ of sharing interesting stories on their social media accounts

Calling the series ‘Misunderstanding Wednesday’ (Missverständnismittwoch), the very first post is about a call they received to an apartment complex after a concerned citizen complained to emergency services about a “smell of decomposition in the staircase”.

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The alleged corpse, it turns out, was just the neighbour’s smelly shoes which were left in the building corridor, in front of their apartment.

The police didn’t say when exactly the incident took place.

“When our colleagues are called because of the ‘smell of decomposition in the staircase’… and notice that the stunk is from the neighbour’s shoes which were left in front of the apartment door”, the official Twitter account of the Vienna police department reads.

‘When in doubt it is an emergency’

The authorities were light-hearted about the misunderstanding, even sharing a “meme-like” picture on their social media accounts, saying “some missions turn out to be different than initially assumed”.

READ ALSO: Austrian police warn public about new ‘fake cops’ scam

However, they reiterated that the misunderstandings should not deter people from calling 133, the emergency police number. They added that in case of emergencies and even if you are not sure, the authorities should be called and they will assist you.

“Note: in case of doubt, it is an emergency”, the Vienna police department says. “Never be afraid to dial the emergency number.”

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