Darn Tootin'


| September 15, 2003


A Swedish national bank was recently ordered to pay $100,000 to Goran Andervass, a former employee who was fired after an argument ensued over a co-worker's flatulence. According to a statement Andervass presented to the court, he was 'Provoked by a disgusting fart -- a right stinker -- at 7:30 a.m. in my office,' reports Hanne Dankertsen of the Nettavisen web site. After complaining to supervisor Staffen Folke, the colleague 'would neither admit nor confirm that he farted,' Andervass said. As a result of the conflict, Andervass went away on an extended sick leave and was subsequently fired. Employees were later warned about 'farting too obviously near others.' Said Kirster Skoglund of the bank's Human Resource department: 'If this happens on numerous occasions, it will be perceived as a violation. Even if only one single fart is in question, the leadership will react.'
-- Erin Ferdinand

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