Bizarre: Austrian man chops off his own foot to evade work

Bizarre: Austrian man chops off his own foot to evade work

Graz : Austria | Mar 26, 2012 at 9:33 AM PDT
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Graz, Styria in Austria

Report By: Nina Rai

Vienna, 26 March, 2012

Nearly everyone must have heard the saying ‘cutting one’s nose, to spite the face,’ but imagine cutting off your foot just to avoid going to work. Can anything be more bizarre than this?

But, this is precisely what happened to an out-of-work Austrian man who deliberately sawed his foot off, allegedly to evade a health check on whether he was fit to work or not, said the police.

According to the Austrian broadcasting service ORF, the 56-year old Austrian had the appointment on Monday for the labor office to check on his health.

However, with just an hour before the scheduled meeting, the Austrian got hold of an electric saw from his workshop at home. He then held his left leg against the electric saw and severed his foot just above the ankle.

Bleeding heavily, this guy from the province of Styria then clinically chucked off his foot into an oven. He then hobbled to his garage and called an ambulance.

When the police arrived at the scene the distressed Austrian was still conscious but had lost a lot of blood. He was immediately flown by plane to a hospital in Graz.

According to the police, emergency services had searched in the oven and were able to recover the foot. The severed foot was taken to the hospital but it was so badly burned that though an emergency operation was performed on the guy, the team of doctors were not able to reattach his foot. However, otherwise, his condition is said to be stable.

Source: Vancouver Sun

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Graz is the 2nd largest city in Austria after Vienna. Vienna is the capital of Austria.
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