Is This Lazy or Ingenious?

Austrian Hans Url, 56, was unemployed and determined to stay that way.

Wanting to retain his government benefits, yet not having to put in any actual labor Url had a problem.  He learned that if he didn’t accept a job that was found for him, the government would drastically cut the money and other benefits given to him.  But if he psyically could not work…

…A plan was hatched.

On Monday, just after his wife and kid left home for the day and just hours before a scheduled medical examine tied to his benefit status, Url did the unthinkable.  He put his leg up into a electric table saw in his home and cut off his foot just above the ankle.  For good effect he then tossed the severed foot into a wood stove so it would burn and be unable to be re-attached.

But, Url could not control the bleeding.  He was forced to call an ambulance and was rushed to the hospital.  The foot was pulled from the fire but was ultimately too damaged to salvage.  He was transferred to a different hospital where he is in critical condition after almost bleeding out, but is expected to survive.

A person from the job center Url had been reporting to has stated that just because of the incident Url still faces the possibility of work.  Lacking a foot doesn’t mean you can’t work it seems.  “He will be assessed once he is out of hospital,”  Hermann Gossinger said,  “and we will see what work we can find for him.”

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