Police separate supporters of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPOe), attending their protest against governments measures against coronavirus pandemic, from a group of Left wing protesters at Helden square in front the Hofburg palace in Vienna, Austria on May 20, 2020
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  • Police in Vienna, Austria, say a man was fined €550 (R10,800) after farting loudly in front of police officers.
  • Officials said the man, who has not been named, was acting "provocatively and uncooperatively" before standing up from a park bench to "let go a massive intestinal wind apparently with full intent."
  • If the man doesn't pay the fine he could face up to five days in jail.
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A man in Austria was fined the equivalent of more than R10,000 after police officers said he loudly farted in front of them.

According to police, the man was acting "provocatively and uncooperatively" during an encounter, and when he stood up from a park bench he "let go a massive intestinal wind apparently with full intent," all while looking at the officers, the Associated Press reported.

"Our colleagues don't like to be farted at so much," police wrote in the incident report.

The Oesterreich newspaper reported that the incident happened in Vienna, Austria, on June 5, and that the man, who has not been publicly named, was fined for "offending public decency."

Police said the fine could be appealed, but if it goes unpaid, the man could face up to five days in jail, according to Newsweek.

The fine is worth €550, the equivalent of some R10,800.

In a tweet seen by AP, police assured the public that "no one is reported for accidentally 'letting one go,'" and that this was a special incident.

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