Austrian saws off own foot to avoid work

2012-03-26 20:49

Vienna - An unemployed Austrian man sawed his foot off, apparently to avoid being found fit to go back to work.

Hours before an appointment on Monday for the labour office to check on his health, the 56-year-old-man held his left leg against an electric saw in his home workshop and severed his foot just above the ankle, Austrian broadcaster ORF reported.

Bleeding profusely, the man from the province of Styria then threw the foot into an oven, hobbled to his garage and called an ambulance. An emergency operation was unable to re-attach the foot, ORF said.

  • sarah.bouttell - 2012-03-26 21:13

    Human beings never fail to amaze me.

  • Morakane - 2012-03-26 21:41


  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-03-26 21:43

    he is unemployed and going to be sent back to work...which is it? Why don't the reporters put their name somewhere that we can identify the funny ones;-]

      Demha Banaboy - 2012-03-26 22:09

      the story makes sense to me? he was unemployed maybe due to medical reasons. he was going to be tested to see if he is fit to resume work. obviously he wasnt mentaly fit!

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-03-26 23:10

    Dont know about y'all but, I'd rather toil away under the sun as a laborer with a complete body than be an invalid. Nothing's worth losing any part of my body for. Unless it's gangrenous, I'm not sawing anything off me.

  • chris.debeer1 - 2012-03-27 09:52

    Wow I have heard work kills but really this guys fear of it is over the top. Even though I must admit I know people who would do something like that to avoid that UGLY 4 letter word!!!!

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