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Vienna bartender off the hook for public belching fine after appeal

A bartender in Vienna has successfully appealed a fine he was given for loudly belching in public.

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A bartender in Vienna has successfully appealed a fine he was given for loudly belching in public.

VIENNA — 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 favour . It says there was "never proof" that he burped to affront the officer.

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.

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