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Man saws off his own foot to avoid work

By T.K. Randall
March 27, 2012 · Comment icon 50 comments

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The 56-year-old sliced off his foot with a saw prior to undergoing a health check for work fitness.
Police arrived at his home in Mitterlabill, Austria to find him suffering from blood loss with his amputated foot found thrown in an oven. After being airlifted to hospital doctors were able to save his life but were unable to reattach his foot as it was too badly burned.
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.


Source: The Province | Comments (50)




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Comment icon #41 Posted by Mysterydude551 12 years ago
Well either this guy is crazy, or he's so determined not to work, he does a stupid thing like that. This is what you call lazy, if that's the case. But seriously, this is ONE weird story. And adding to what "Alienated being" about Hitler being insane. I believe he was addicted to Meth and that would have been one reason why he was so ****ING crazy.
Comment icon #42 Posted by missymoo999 12 years ago
I've heard of people who were drafted into the army throwing themselves down stairs, or having people break their legs, but this takes it to a whole new level. And only to avoid work. Doesn't anyone here watch WEEDS ? The nutty brother in law ? All the stuff he did ,I think to keep from being drafted ? He shot off his toes,then he joined Rabbinical school,and what happened to him there was even more bizarre than him shooting off his own toes. People do nutty stuff ,for nutty reasons.
Comment icon #43 Posted by turn on tune in 12 years ago
I feel sorry for this guy, and lay blame on societys enslavement attitude. He was obviously being blackmailed to return to work or get a job, to service a society that doesnt have his best interests at heart. Study most animal behaviour - take the lion - happy asleep in the long grass, the lioness comes back with dinner, he awakes, eats it and has a sleep. The point being by nature we are all lazy. But the lion content with little but food. But man has changed nature to suite society needs, and the needs of a greedy few, serviced by society. Now our lives are full of objects and possesions we ... [More]
Comment icon #44 Posted by cluey 12 years ago
link I've never wanted to avoid work that bad! lol........yeah that's taking things a little to the extreme................. : )
Comment icon #45 Posted by kobolds 12 years ago
I believe there is another person helping him. do you know how difficult to amputate a leg? there's no way this man can do it by him self .
Comment icon #46 Posted by I Am Not Resisting 12 years ago
I believe there is another person helping him. do you know how difficult to amputate a leg? there's no way this man can do it by him self . Uhhh....do YOU? I'm pretty sure it's not as difficult as you imagine (unless of course you have first-hand knowledge). I mean, all the stories of people being trapped in the wild or other life-threatening situations that had to amputate their own limbs, I'm sure they didn't have someone there to help them do it.
Comment icon #47 Posted by Eldorado 12 years ago
Yeah... sawing a limb off? pfft Easy. (sometimes I weep for mankind)
Comment icon #48 Posted by Hybrid89 12 years ago
What a moron. A little hard work never killed anyone.My grandfather died at the age of 82 and worked from a very young age doing labor work his entire life. The only reason he stopped working was because he lost most of the strength in his legs. As for cutting off your foot to avoid work,...well,...some people are,...unique. To say the least
Comment icon #49 Posted by and then 12 years ago
Uhhh....do YOU? I'm pretty sure it's not as difficult as you imagine (unless of course you have first-hand knowledge). I mean, all the stories of people being trapped in the wild or other life-threatening situations that had to amputate their own limbs, I'm sure they didn't have someone there to help them do it. Stephen King wrote a short story about something similar.can't remember the title but I think he wrote it under the name Richard Bachman. A doctor who's smuggling heroin has a plane crash on an island and he's stranded. His condition is ok except for a foot that's damaged. Eventually h... [More]
Comment icon #50 Posted by I Am Not Resisting 12 years ago
Stephen King wrote a short story about something similar.can't remember the title but I think he wrote it under the name Richard Bachman. A doctor who's smuggling heroin has a plane crash on an island and he's stranded. His condition is ok except for a foot that's damaged. Eventually he has to use the heroin and amputate. He eats the foot to stay alive. by the end of the story he's cackling maniacally saying "lady fingers, they look just like lady fingers" I honestly want to say that I've read that story but I'm not super positive. If you happen to think of the name of it please let me know!


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