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Offline bijou

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'Professional hypochondriac' arrested in Austria
« on: January 08, 2008, 05:33:02 PM »
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VIENNA (AFP) - A 59-year-old Austrian man has been arrested for faking illnesses and injuries so that he could live rent-free in hospitals for the past two years, police announced on Tuesday.


The man, who has been unemployed for 21 years, faked so many injuries and illnesses that he was able to stay in a total of 93 different hospitals since 2005, local police in Muerzzuschlag in Styria said in a statement.

His scam was estimated to have cost the Austrian healthcare system as much as 100,000 euros (147,000 dollars) in bed and board during the period, the police said.

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Re: 'Professional hypochondriac' arrested in Austria
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2008, 05:42:43 PM »
This just makes me sick :-)

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Re: 'Professional hypochondriac' arrested in Austria
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2008, 05:47:55 PM »
This just makes me sick :-)
His behaviour was a real headache for the Austrian authorities.



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Re: 'Professional hypochondriac' arrested in Austria
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2008, 05:51:41 PM »
I wonder if he threw up a fit when they captured him?

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Re: 'Professional hypochondriac' arrested in Austria
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2008, 05:57:31 PM »
I hope that this is a one off. I wouldn't want this sort of behaviour transplanted to other countries.  :-)



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Re: 'Professional hypochondriac' arrested in Austria
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2008, 06:04:07 PM »
I think it is vital that they punish him. I wouldn't want him to nurse the system of some other country.

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Re: 'Professional hypochondriac' arrested in Austria
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2008, 06:05:39 PM »
I think it is vital that they punish him. I wouldn't want him to nurse the system of some other country.
Well now he's been caught lets hope he gets a taste of his own medicine.



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Re: 'Professional hypochondriac' arrested in Austria
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2008, 06:13:25 PM »
I think he should be shot!

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Re: 'Professional hypochondriac' arrested in Austria
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2008, 06:47:00 PM »
He's quite the pill isn't he?

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Re: 'Professional hypochondriac' arrested in Austria
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2008, 07:37:51 PM »
i swear, if it wasnt an Aussie, I'd swear it was a family member of mine from Dallas... that guy is always being 'written up' in some medical journal and then spontaneously recovers.

its a bunch of hooey followed by "its a miracle!"

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Re: 'Professional hypochondriac' arrested in Austria
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2008, 07:41:31 PM »
...bet the guy was a real pill while he was in the hospital.   :-)
If you want to worship an orange pile of garbage with a reckless disregard for everything, get on down to Arbys & try our loaded curly fries.

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Re: 'Professional hypochondriac' arrested in Austria
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2008, 07:48:47 PM »
I think it is vital that they punish him. I wouldn't want him to nurse the system of some other country.
Well now he's been caught lets hope he gets a taste of his own medicine.

Feed him a daily dose of rotten food until he gets a good case of food poisioning.  I guarantee that kind of punishment would make a believer out of him.