View Full Version : Man saws off own foot to continue receiving unemployment benefits

03-28-2012, 07:25 PM

An unemployed Austrian man cut off his own foot with a mitre saw so he could continue receiving jobless benefits.

Hans Url, a 56-year-old from Mitterlabill, then took the foot and cooked it in the oven so doctors could not reattach it.

"The planning was meticulous," Franz Fasching, a police spokesman, told the Daily Mail. "[Url] waited until his wife and his adult son had left the house and he was alone. He then switched it on and sliced off his left foot above the ankle--throwing it in the fire so it would not be possible to reattach it before he called emergency services."

He "then made his way to the garage where he called emergency services and waited for them to arrive."

Url was airlifted to a hospital in Graz, where he was put in an artificial coma so doctors could stabilize him.

"The foot was too badly burned to reattach," a hospital spokesman said. "All we could do was seal the wound. He had lost a lot of blood--he almost died on the way to hospital."

According to the Austrian Times, Url had complained before the incident that he was too sick to work and "didn't like the work he was offered."

The kicker: according to the paper, being footless does not necessarily qualify Url for unemployment compensation.

03-28-2012, 07:33 PM
Wow! What some people will do to not have to work, while some of us work our butt off on a daily basis.. That last line really makes me laugh.. haha.

03-28-2012, 07:39 PM
What an idiot

I hope they force that worthless piece of crap to go to work

03-28-2012, 07:44 PM
Someone didn't think this one through....

03-28-2012, 08:53 PM
Wow, talk about someone trying to cheat the system. I hope that they tell him that he needs to get a job or he gets no unemployment.

03-28-2012, 10:12 PM
I would much rather have my foot ..lol.

03-29-2012, 08:50 AM
And the term "has a screw loose" goes to a whole new level.

Actually what they need to do is A) force him to go to a psych hospital for an extended period of time for evaluation and treatment and B) prosecute him for attempted fraud.

03-29-2012, 09:05 AM
Did everyone pass by "the kicker" pun? That made me lol at work.