Judge: Cheese Restaurant Smell Not Too Bad
Manager of Swiss fondue place told not to pay fine
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2014 7:25 PM CDT

(Newser) – A judge has ruled that stinky-cheese smell isn't as bad as complaining about it in a rather mean way, the Guardian reports. Florian Kurz, the manager of a Swiss fondue restaurant, won't have to pay a $225 fine after two neighboring boutique clothing stores griped about the smell—but those stores must pay Kurz $4,300 in costs and $165 in damages. Why? They not only complained, but brought over "speciality smell fish from Norway" to drive customers away, Kurz said. "They also talked badly to the customers and told them that our fondue is not as good as that in other Swiss fondue restaurants."

Kurz refused to pay a fine, and now the judge has sided with him. "Sure, they are serving cheese fondue, but the smell is not excessive," said Kurz's lawyer. "They have the permission to serve what they want." In other cheese news, a photo of naked male workers bathing in milk used to make string cheese has gone viral in Russia, the Siberian Times reports. "Yeah, our job is really boring," the caption read. The photo may damage the nation's string-cheese business, a Moscow newspaper warned, and a federal consumer watchdog is investigating. Click to see the pic, or read about the discovery of the world's most ancient cheese.

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Chris Farley
Mar 28, 2014 7:45 AM CDT
The town next to mine has a Pollyo cheese factory. You want to talk about a smell. Its farm country and your happy to smell the cows not the cheese.
Mar 28, 2014 3:11 AM CDT
In my neighborhood, there is an Persian rug shop. ItI stores a lot of rugs with mothballs. Twenty five feet away is a retail space that has had at least 7 restaurants close down--including our lovely Moroccan one!---because of the moth ball smell. I think if you have a business that emits a noxious odor, you should locate far enough away that you don't interfere with other businesses. As they said in the article, it wasn't the cheese---it was the stinky fish. And we all know how THAT smells.
Mar 28, 2014 12:03 AM CDT
Fondue as smelly? Not a blue cheese in sight? Or a Stilton? Or one of those French runny ones? And remind me to never have Russian string cheese...