AMT translated this pathetic and insane news story from today's newspaper - Die Kronenzeitung, January 7, 2010, page 12.
Don't choke on your laughter, America is going this same way.
“Justifiable indignation”: Thief allowed to destroy police car
What happens to a presumed thief, carrying a wallet that doe not belong to him, who is held by police? Correct. He is allowed to keep the money and smash the police car, as happened at the Praterstern (Vienna). Why was there no arrest?
Reason: The “indignation” was justified.
The story seems complicated, yet it is simply absurd. A Tunisian man (22) is unable to pay his bill at a kebap stand. Police search him and find a wallet not belonging to him with 60 euros and credit cards not issued to the suspect, who says, “I found the wallet.” Adding:” But the 60 euros are mine!”
Now the story gets bizarre: Because the policemen do not want to return the bills, the man goes berserk, demolishes the police car, slashes the seat covers ans smashes the windows. Surprising reaction from the public prosecutor's office: “Justifiable indignation.” The 60 euros are returned to the Tunisian, and he is a free man.
Reaction from David Lasar, FPÖ security spokesman: “The Tunisian man destroyed the police car, smashed the windows, slashed the seats. And then he is let go – with the money! As long as the prosecutor's office makes these kinds of decisions, the hard work of the police force resembles that of Sisyphus.”