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Man saws off foot to avoid work

The man used a mechanical saw to slice off his foot. [Agencies]

The man used a mechanical saw to slice off his foot. [Agencies]


An unemployed Austrian man has sawn off his left foot, apparently to avoid being found fit enough to go back to work, the Sky News reported.

Police said the 56-year-old man from Mitterlabill in southern Austria deliberately sliced the foot off above the ankle with a mechanical saw and threw it into an oven before he was due to have a health check with the labor department to see whether or not he was fit to work. He then hobbled into his garage and called an ambulance.

A local police chief said emergency services were able to recover the foot from the oven, but found it too badly burned to be sown back on.

The man is now hospitalized and said to be in stable condition.







(China.org.cn March 28, 2012)

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