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Man fined €500 for farting 'with full intent' at Vienna police

A man in Vienna has been fined 500 euros ($762 Cdn) for breaking wind loudly in front of police — a move that the Austrian capital's police force was at pains to defend on Tuesday.

Police in Austrian capital say offender was fined for 'offending public decency'

Officers patrol a park in Vienna on March 20. The Austrian capital's police force fined a man 500 euros on Tuesday for breaking wind loudly in front of officers. (Lisi Niesner/Reuters)

A man in Vienna has been fined 500 euros ($762 Cdn) for breaking wind loudly in front of police — a move that the Austrian capital's police force was at pains to defend on Tuesday.

The Oesterreich newspaper reported that the fine stemmed from an incident on June 5 and that the offender was fined for "offending public decency."

City police wrote on Twitter that "of course no one is reported for accidentally 'letting one go."'

They added that the man had behaved "provocatively and unco-operatively" during an encounter with officers that preceded the incident.

He got up from a park bench, looked at officers 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.

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