Man cuts off his leg to collect unemployment

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By: Anika Rao 

A man cut off his leg in order to collect unemployment benefits, according to press reports.

Schoolchildren are known for their elaborate schemes in order to avoid going to school, even telling themselves over and over again that they are sick until they really get sick.

What about adults who simply do not want to go to work? The Austrian man must have thought that an adult requires more drastic measures to fake a stomach ache. So, he cut off his own foot.

This is not a joke. The Austrian man really cut off his own foot according to press reports, to avoid returning to work when an official from the labor office has determined that he should go back to work.

Hours before a second meeting before the employment office to verify his health status, the 56-year-old man placed his left leg against a chainsaw in his home workshop and cut his foot just above the ankle.

Bleeding profusely, the man in the province of Styria, tossed his foot in a furnace, limped to his garage and called an ambulance. An emergency operation was unable to reattach the foot.

According to the local police chief, Franz Fasching, the man was still conscious when help arrived at the scene, but had lost a lot of blood. Fasching said the foot was badly burned.

Police called this a desperate act of a man who wished to continue receiving unemployment benefits.

The man will not be able to claim disability benefits after this horrendous act, the Minister of Social Affairs Rudolf Hundstorfer said, but should he be declared mentally deranged that could change, he said.