Austrian saws off own foot to avoid work - report

VIENNA Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:53am EDT

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VIENNA (Reuters) - 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 labor 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 reattach the foot, ORF said.

(Reporting by Angelika Gruber; Writing by Michael Shields, editing by Paul Casciato)

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Comments (4)
hibiscus8 wrote:
Dang…I wonder if someone’s explained to him that the foot will not grow back?!

Mar 26, 2012 3:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bobo_9 wrote:
He threw his foot in the oven — what was he thinking, bakes toes with cream sauce for dinner ??
Can you imagine what it would take to saw off your own foot like that ?? Either he’s immune to pain, or more likely a nut case.

Mar 27, 2012 8:15am EDT  --  Report as abuse
rja3000 wrote:
mission accomplished

Mar 27, 2012 8:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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