Ticket for Burping Spawns 'Loud Belch Flashmob'

Vienna man fined for 'violating public decency'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 23, 2016 12:30 AM CST
It's $77 per burp in Vienna.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Vienna visitors beware: Burping too loud could come at a price. Edin Mehic, a bartender in the Austrian capital, found that out when fined the equivalent of $77 after belching in the proximity of a policeman while enjoying the scene at the Prater amusement park. The ticket notes that Mehic violated "public decency with a loud belch next to a police officer." A police spokesman confirmed on Monday that Mehic had been fined for the offending burp. Though it was emitted earlier this month, the belch continues to resonate: By Monday, 118 people said they will attend a flash mob posted on Facebook and planned for next Saturday near the scene of the crime. Another 298 were "interested" in the "Loud Belch Flashmob." (Read more Austria stories.)

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