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Austrian saws off own foot to avoid work


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#1    glorybebe

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 06:26 AM

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VIENNA — An unemployed Austrian man on Monday deliberately sliced off his left foot with a mechanical saw and threw it into an oven ahead of a health check on whether he was fit to work, police said.

When police arrived the "desperate" 56-year-old from Mitterlabill in southern Austria was still conscious but had lost a lot of blood, local police chief Franz Fasching told AFP.


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:blink:  I've never wanted to avoid work that bad!

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 06:38 AM

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VIENNA — An unemployed Austrian man on Monday deliberately sliced off his left foot with a mechanical saw and threw it into an oven ahead of a health check on whether he was fit to work, police said

You know, for good measure.   :mellow:

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 06:43 AM

View Postglorybebe, on 27 March 2012 - 06:26 AM, said:

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:blink:  I've never wanted to avoid work that bad!

I don't know why he didn't just start blithering at the walls like they were out to get him or something, that usually makes people pretty unemployable - the fact that he has a mental illness is painfully obvious, wish granted for him I guess.  Pity it is really only the least of his personal problems.:cry:

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 11:12 AM

What an idiot. It's a shame that we possess such societal banes.


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Posted 27 March 2012 - 12:05 PM

View PostAlienated Being, on 27 March 2012 - 11:12 AM, said:

What an idiot. It's a shame that we possess such societal banes.


Tis a shame that society, in the 21st century, still classes people with serious mental health problems as "idiots", "play-actors", "work-shy", "scroungers", "layabouts" etc.

In my opinion.


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Posted 27 March 2012 - 01:17 PM

View PostI Am Not Resisting, on 27 March 2012 - 06:38 AM, said:

You know, for good measure.   :mellow:


why waste a good foot. Might as well cook it up  :w00t:


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Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:11 PM

Sounds like a scene from the SAW movies. :P

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:13 PM

We can't make a judgment on his psychological status until an assessment has been conducted. until then, he still remains a moron.

He's a waste of tax dollars.


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Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:15 PM

This is astonishing! Guess you could look at it as a "blessing," he now will be getting the psychiatric help he absolutely needed! Someone capable of doing this was obviously in dire need of help, and who knows how long before he may have hurt someone or himself. Oh wait, he did hurt himself.. :wacko:


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Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:18 PM

View PostColoradoParanormal, on 27 March 2012 - 02:15 PM, said:

This is astonishing! Guess you could look at it as a "blessing," he now will be getting the psychiatric help he absolutely needed! Someone capable of doing this was obviously in dire need of help, and who knows how long before he may have hurt someone or himself. Oh wait, he did hurt himself.. :wacko:
Hrm, I believe this is an act of idiocy moreso than anything else. There was no mention of his mental health, only a "health" check. Perhaps he was ill with a heart condition, for example, but was cured of that and decided that reaping the benefits was just as good as working, so he decided to go to drastic measures to make himself seem crazy when, in reality, he is merely a lazy, free-loading bum?


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Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:22 PM

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:29 PM

View PostAlienated Being, on 27 March 2012 - 02:13 PM, said:

We can't make a judgment on his psychological status until an assessment has been conducted. until then, he still remains a moron.

He's a waste of tax dollars.


You need a psychologist to tell you that someone who has hacked their own foot off is mad?

Now THAT, is a waste of tax dollars.


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Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:35 PM

View Posttrancelikestate, on 27 March 2012 - 01:17 PM, said:

why waste a good foot. Might as well cook it up  :w00t:
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why not? women are eating their placentas...

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:42 PM

View PostEldorado, on 27 March 2012 - 02:29 PM, said:

You need a psychologist to tell you that someone who has hacked their own foot off is mad?

Now THAT, is a waste of tax dollars.
Depends on your definition of being "mad". For example, Hitler could be seen as either insane, or a pure genius. Believe it or not, but there are people out there who believe that Hitler wasn't entirely wrong in what he believed. There's no documented evidence to suggest that Hitler was ever psychologically insane. IN fact, I remember watching a documentary where a doctor analyzed acts carried out by Hitler, and could not rule out insanity. His acts were attributed to the use of amphetamines.

Like I said, a person's definition of mad varies from one individual to the next. What you call mad, others may call smart. It may seem grotesque and insane to you, to cut off one's foot... but who's to say that he shared those beliefs? Who's to say that he didn't truly cut off the foot so that he could reap medical benefits that would financially exceed any job that he could possibly consider, depending on his level of intelligence or other medical disabilities? Honestly, these ridiculous acts shouldn't surprise you at this point in time.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:48 PM

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