Odds & Ends

Odds & Ends

Devin D. O'Leary
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Dateline: Austria

A man says he was fined 70 Euros ($77) for burping at a kebab stand in Vienna. Edin Mehic, 27, posted a photo of the police report on his Facebook page, saying he got the ticket after stopping for a quick bite at a kebab stand in the Praterstern area of Austria’s capital. According to Mehic scarfing down the spicy food caused him to belch. Mehic said he felt a hand on his shoulder a few moments later and discovered it was a police officer. The officer issued him a ticket for alleged breach of peace. “Thank God this guy is protecting my beloved city of Vienna! What would we do without him?” Mehic wrote. “I guess things can’t be as bad in the area as we read in the papers because if they have time to chase up burping, it means there isn’t anything more serious to worry about.” Mehic’s lawyer, Heinz Robathin, told
The Local newspaper, “It is all a question of perspective. If my client had done it in the opera or theater, I could probably understand somebody complaining. But not in the Praterstern, where there are drug dealers and other people of a dubious character on a daily basis. People burping is hardly rare there.”

Dateline: Florida

Four suspects have been charged with burglary and criminal mischief after they allegedly trashed a Palm Coast pizzeria because they were served garlic knots—with cheese on them. According to a Flagler County Sheriff’s Office report, 25-year-old Jessica Conti began arguing with employees at Palm Coast Pizza because they put cheese on her side order of garlic knots. Conti demanded her money back, but the
Daytona Beach News-Journal reports she “became incensed when a clerk placed the money on the counter in what she perceived to be a disrespectful manner.” At that point 23-year-old Vincent Conti, 26-year-old Hareem Jones and 32-year-old Shawn Cody allegedly stormed into the restaurant and began ransacking it. Employees told deputies the four customers knocked a fax machine and a cash register off the front counter, then entered the kitchen area and began “throwing food and pizza boxes everywhere.” At some point someone tossed a glass parmesan cheese container at a television screen in the lobby. Employees estimated around $1,000 damage was done to the property—roughly $995.50 more than the large order of garlic knots. The suspects had fled by the time deputies showed up, but witnesses at the pizzeria knew the suspects and readily identified them. The quartet was arrested at a nearby residence. In addition to the vandalism-related charges, Jones was charged with one count of marijuana possession of less than 20 grams.

Compiled by Devin D. O'Leary. Email your weird news to devin@alibi.com.

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