Man Saws Off His Own Foot To Avoid Work

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http://news.sky.com/home/strange-ne...ser=1695534360&ajaxpipe_token=AXiyoZO84nFjCv_

An unemployed Austrian man has sawed off his left foot, apparently to avoid being found fit enough to go back to work.

Police said the "desperate" 56-year-old man deliberately sliced it off above the ankle with a mechanical saw and threw it into an oven.

The man, from Mitterlabill in southern Austria, then hobbled into his garage and called an ambulance.

He sliced his foot off just a few hours before he was due to have a health check with the labour department on whether he was fit to work, Austrian broadcaster ORF reported.

When police arrived, the man was still conscious but had lost a lot of blood, local police chief Franz Fasching said.

Emergency services "looked in the oven and were able to recover the foot," Mr Fasching said.

"The foot was taken the hospital but it was so badly burned that it cannot be sewn back on."

The man was flown to hospital in Graz, where he was said to be in a stable condition.
There some really crazy people in this world :rolleyes:
 
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I guess he wanted to be footloose and fancy free....


More seriously, he must have been either pretty desperate or had some major mental health issues to do that.
 
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There was a total nutcase that worked at one my old jobs who smack his leg with a metal pole and broke his leg so he could have time off work..
 
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What if you don't want to work? Unfortunately, the current system doesn't allow people to go off into the wilds and live a materialistically free life -- that's illegal in most developed countries; unless you live somewhere with massive forests/mountain ranges. Seems like this guy was either absolutely crazy, or making a point that if you don't want to work, avenues should be available for you to choose that life-style.
 
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But will the government continue stumping up the cash? Surely deliberately disabling yourself is not toeing the line for benefit payouts.
 
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