VIENNA (AP) — He who burps loudest laughs best — at least in this case.
Nearly a year after a policeman ticketed Edin Mehic for loudly belching next to him, the Vienna bartender has won his appeal.
Mehic was fined 70 euros ($75) for a sonorous post-kebab burp next to the officer at an amusement park. The ticket said he violated “public decency with a loud belch next to a police officer.”
But a court document Mehic emailed to The Associated Press on Friday shows authorities have ruled in his favor. It says there was “never proof” that he burped to affront the officer.
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Mehic’s belch resonated in Austria long after it was emitted. Groups organized to support him, and a kebab chain paid for both his ticket and an all-expenses trip to Istanbul.