Austria: Man fined $1000 when his yodelling annoys Muslims
If your first reaction to this story was "Well sure, those Euro-weenies are PC enough to do just that, but it could never happen here!" think again, because the exact same thing is coming to America.
(Austrian Times)- An Austrian has been fined for yodelling while mowing his lawn, according to a report.
The Kronen Zeitung newspaper claims Helmut G. was told by a court in Graz, Styria, that his yodelling offended his next-door Muslim neighbours.
The men reportedly accused the 63-year-old of mocking and imitating the call of the Muezzin. The daily paper writes the Austrian was fined 800 Euros after judges ruled he could have tried to offend them and ridicule their belief. The Muslims, whose nationalities were not revealed by the report, were in the middle of a prayer when the Austrian started to yodel.
“It was not my intention to imitate or insult them. I simply started to yodel a few tunes because I was in such a good mood” the man said.