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Hans Url tossed severed foot in fire, nearly died from blood loss

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An unemployed man in Austria almost died after sawing off his own foot and tossing it in the stove so he could keep his jobless benefits.

Hans Url, 56, had just learned that his benefits could be slashed if he did not accept work found for him and was scheduled for a medical exam later Monday to determine whether he was physically fit for work, the Austrian Times reported.

After his wife and son had left the house, Url positioned his left leg against an electric saw in the boiler room and severed his foot above the ankle, tossing it a wood stove to make sure doctors could not reattach it to his leg, Austrian broadcaster ORF reported.

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  1. Bad Brad

    March 29th, 2012

    Maybe he now qualifies for the job of that one legged man in an ass kicking contest.

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  2. Moe Tom

    March 29th, 2012

    Cardigan where do you get this stuff? No I won’t read more. I have a pain in my foot. Damn just how fu*ked up is this world?

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  3. That Guy

    March 29th, 2012

    I’m a fan of hard work and all, but if you cut off your own foot to avoid going back to work, as far as I’m concerned, you’ve made your point.

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  4. reddecaesari

    March 29th, 2012

    future employee of ihop?

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  5. Cruisin' Cat

    March 29th, 2012

    It would have been much more appropriate, even poetic, had he cut off his Hans…

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  6. BigSlurpy

    March 29th, 2012

    Another lost sole.

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  7. Moe Tom

    March 29th, 2012

    Come to think of it, stories abound of guys in battle shooting themselves to get out; cops shooting themselves to retire.
    Once in NYC during contract negotiations firemen shot bullets into a helmet to prove how dangerous their job was. They did it in the Firehouse.
    What evil lurks in the minds of men. The shadow knows.

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  8. Dianne

    March 29th, 2012

    Thank God I never wanted to not work that bad. Altho, I did once contemplate sticking a fork in my neck at a business dinner.

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  9. mkultra

    March 29th, 2012

    Dumb bas7ard. He should’ve just become a radical moose-limb, emigrated to the US or UK, and gone on welfare.

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  10. Commisar Abe

    March 29th, 2012

    Sorry pal.

    The State demands the whole leg, plus an arm, as well as your heart, mind, and soul.

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  11. CrustyB

    March 29th, 2012

    The overwhelming desire to live off the labor of others. This guy, welfare queens, section eights, OWS hippies, SEIU, Hamid Karzai, the Georgetown Slut, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Barack “Never Had A Private Sector Job In My Whole Fucking Life” Obama, career criminals. A genus of bloodsuckers.

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  12. Friend of the family

    March 29th, 2012

    I guess you could say, “He was foot loose and fancy free.” For real.

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  13. Bad Brad

    March 29th, 2012

    Fnging Wanker. I’m not sure why, but that word lites those bastards up. Seen it twice. You could insult their women and not get a reaction like calling them a wanker.

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  14. Anonymous

    March 29th, 2012

    You just can’t make this stuff up…

    A guy that voluntarily cuts off his foot is named Hans

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  15. norman einstein

    March 29th, 2012

    The Employment Bureau told him he didn’t have a leg to stand on.

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  16. old_oaks

    March 29th, 2012

    Maybe the boss was really ugly. Like coyote ugly?

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  17. marleenna1959

    March 30th, 2012

    They should take off his other foot and find him work as a lame beggar.

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  18. Lylelovett666

    March 30th, 2012

    Will we see this in an obma speech?”I’m not going to let America become a country where people have to cut off their feet to become prosperous.”

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  19. LadyGun12

    March 30th, 2012

    Give him a mind-numbing desk job.

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  20. Lylelovett666

    March 30th, 2012

    Seems a great opportunity to cut one idiot from the dole.Let the lazy fuck die and good riddance.

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  21. mkultra

    March 30th, 2012

    The funny thing is they’re still gonna make him get a job. LOL :D

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  22. Cruisin' Cat

    March 30th, 2012

    Next, sexual reorientation surgery, and a name change to ‘Eileen’.

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  23. Bad Brad

    March 30th, 2012

    Cruisin Cat. That works, Unless he moves to Japan, then he need to change his name to Irene.

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  24. Frosteetoes

    March 30th, 2012

    Germanic people are often very intelligent but they have this dark side to them.

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  25. MaryfromMarin

    March 30th, 2012

    Let’s give the poor guy a break–after all, he already has one one foot in the grave.

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  26. MaryfromMarin

    March 30th, 2012

    “one one”– way to go, MFM.

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  27. Patricia

    March 30th, 2012

    Wow – wonder what his wife and son thought when they came back home. What’s his new url – hans@footloose.com? BTW, anyone have a current definition for sanity?

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  29. Mike In Tampa

    March 30th, 2012

    new def for LAZY

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  30. cracker

    March 30th, 2012

    Cut his other leg and both arms off, throw him in the ocean and call him Bob.

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  31. Dianne

    March 30th, 2012

    @Cracker – or you could just lay him on the floor and call him Matt.

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  32. norman einstein

    March 30th, 2012

    Hang him on the wall and call him “Art”.

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  33. Cate

    March 30th, 2012

    He should be made to work in a pegleg factory.

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  34. Noelegy

    March 30th, 2012

    Too bad he wasn’t a woman, then we could call him Eileen…

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  35. Unslung Hero

    March 30th, 2012

    Ain’t Austria the country where they started WORLD WAR ONE??? sheesh

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