Police in Austria have defended their decision to fine a man who farted in front of officers – saying he certainly did not commit the smelly act by mistake.
The man, from the capital Vienna, has been fined €500 for the indiscretion – the equivalent of £450.
Austrian newspaper The Österreich reports the penalty was issued after an incident on June 5 and the offender was fined for offending public decency after the cheeky incident.
The criminal order declares in detail: “You violated public decency by loudly escaping an intestinal wind in front of police officers.”
City police wrote on Twitter: “Of course no one is reported for accidentally letting one go.”
They added that the man had behaved provocatively and uncooperatively during an encounter with officers that preceded the incident.
He got up from a park bench, looked at officers and proceeded to “let go a massive intestinal wind apparently with full intent”, they said.
Police noted the decision could be appealed against.
In other fart-themed news, last month a couple from Queensland, Australia, celebrated when Ryan McErlean’s girlfriend, Kaylie Warren, 21, finally farted in front of her boyfriend after three years together.
The pair had made a pact a month after dating, with Kaylie promising Ryan never to fart in front of him, and if she did, he had to buy her a sweet treat.
Kaylie finally popped the pact during isolation, and Ryan, 24, bought Kaylie a fancy cake with a sweet message writing in icing.
According to Ryan, Kaylie let rip one night while in bed with him – thus breaking her pact.