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Kebap chain pays fine of burping man

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Edin Medic. Photo: CEN/Private
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A Turkish kebap chain has paid the €70 fine levied by Police against a man who burped in their vicinity back in February.

Vienna's police are among the finest in the world, and they certainly showed their efficiency in tracking down the originator of a rather loud belch at the Prater railway station.

According to the charge sheet, Viennese bartender Edin Mehic "broke public propriety on the 7th of February at 6:15 pm, at the Praterstern exit leading towards Praterstrasse, in the following way: burping very loudly near to police officers."

As a result of this charge, Mehic was fined €70 for the offense.  His crime?  He'd just eaten a Kebap, and felt the need to burp.  He didn't even know the police were there, until one of them grabbed him by his arm.

He posted the ticket on Facebook, and was surprised how quickly the story spread around the world.

It finally reached the ears of the owners of a well-known Turkish chain of Döner Kebaps, Kasap Döner.  The company decided that its signature product should not be brought into disrepute, and invited Mehic to Turkey, where they reimbursed him €70 to cover the cost of his rather expensive meal.

The bartender explained that he hasn't dared to return to the scene of the crime, and looks over his shoulder whenever he feels the need to burp in public.  To this day, he says he cannot understand how the punishment could possibly fit the "crime." 

"Quite honestly, this was a normal burp, not the mating cry of an elk", he said.

You can imagine its mating call. File photo: Mongo/Wikimedia

Here's a link to the relevant law.

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