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Swedish prisoner warned over 'fart attacks'

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 24 Mar 2010, 14:37

Published: 24 Mar 2010 14:37 GMT+01:00

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The gas-prone inmate is reported to have resorted to passing wind on repeated occasions in what staff began to realize was a series of concerted attacks, according to Anders Eriksson at the Kirseberg prison in Malmö.

"I have worked within the prisons and probation service since 1986 and I have never experienced a situation where behaviour of this sort has led to punishment," Eriksson said to the newspaper.

The apparent clandestine motive for the man's ill-scented and noisome habit came to light a couple of weeks ago when he was playing cards with fellow inmates.

"I had an upset stomach while I was playing cards but did not want to fart there. So I went over to the guards instead," the 21-year-old convict said.

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The young man was called in for questioning and despite his riposte that the farts were all noise and no fragrance, he has been served with a warning against his future flatulent conduct.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:48 March 24, 2010 by dobermann
As I can see you have a realy important news hear..
15:54 March 24, 2010 by waybackwhen
Dobermann is your spelling of "hear" a pun or a mispelling of "here" ?

Anyways I think this article stinks.
16:17 March 24, 2010 by dwb5555
this must be a joke right?
16:22 March 24, 2010 by suminh100
"Light relief" and an amusing read.... especially on a boring Wednesday afternoon at work....
16:29 March 24, 2010 by Rick Methven
They should stop feeding him those baked beans
17:43 March 24, 2010 by Roger O. Thornhill
The classic "freedom to fart" v "freedom from fart" conflict.
17:49 March 24, 2010 by livinginsweden
If Local can fart.... why not the prisoner....

this is FREEDOM OF SPEECH..... if artist can put allah on dog ... why cant he fart?

ha ha
17:59 March 24, 2010 by Rick Methven
Solution is to let him fart and supply the guards with gas masks
18:26 March 24, 2010 by Puffin
Jeez - perhaps the guy has IBS
19:50 March 24, 2010 by Douglas Garner
Benjamin Franklin wrote an article many years ago titled Fart Proudly. A few years back a collection of his writings blasting various political situations (such as unfair taxation) was published under this title. I found the collection hillarious!

Perhaps this young man is a devotee of Franklin and is simply... expressing... his right to Fart Proudly!
20:17 March 24, 2010 by GLO
With so many serious problems in the world. Why waste time on this? Let the guy have some fun in his own world...

Good story to break the Winds of Winter...
22:15 March 24, 2010 by kenny8076
I'm dieing right now, every time i read the word ''fart'' i started giggling like a 10 year old for some reason. guess its not normal for me to read what i thought was a real and serious news site and see the word ''fart'' wahahaha there it goes again!!!
22:25 March 24, 2010 by livinginsweden

a real serious news site?.. what have you been ready?

ha ha
08:08 March 25, 2010 by glamshek
'Freedom of Speech'
10:02 March 25, 2010 by bezjaj
This is serious news.. This is the real skit..keep on guys at local.
10:28 March 25, 2010 by Joyous
Life cannot always be about serious news, the world is already stressful. We need some comic relief or should I say "release" sometimes. Good article. I wonder why did they serve him with a warning. Was it fullfart or halvfart? LOL
11:24 March 25, 2010 by Audrian
I think this is important news item.

This poor prisoner might have a medical condition called irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It is estimated that about 30% of North American population suffered from this syndrome (probably similar number in Sweden have this condition) suffer from this condition silently. For some unknown reason the nerves and muscles in the person's stomach are extra sensitive. They contract too much when he eats. These contractions can cause cramping diarrhea or conceptions during or shortly after meal, followed by several liters of gas.

IRS is not a disease. It is a condition.

The prisoner is farting because that is his only way of releasing his gas. He has to go to a doctor to be advised what food to avoid. Food such as fatty food and milk products should be avoided.

Under this circumstances ignorance is not "bliss".
11:30 March 25, 2010 by scrawler
what sort of news the local is publishing..! no wonder next time we can read an article , that a guy is arrested for farting in public place..!
16:38 March 25, 2010 by jazzIIIlove
seems no action in Sweden nowadays.
18:19 March 25, 2010 by Swedesmith
I recommend that all the guards "pass" it right back to him.
22:03 March 25, 2010 by jack sprat
Wonder how the local got wind of this?

They sure got a nose for a good storey.
10:15 March 26, 2010 by Bensonradar
More global warming? He needs to see a doctor. Excessive and persistent flatulence is treatable. Firstly, look at his diet and a select healthy, perhaps, vegetarian option. Secondly, exercise. He needs to run or walk at least five kilometers or more a day to purge his digestive system. Third, monitor his weight and body fat. Overweight people may suffer more from this annoying habit.

He's reported as only being 21-years-old. He gassed the guards to voice his discontent towards the system. He was subconsciously seeking help from them.

Sort it out so we can all live in peace and fresh air.
12:12 March 26, 2010 by farnoxo
What a gas!
21:04 March 26, 2010 by wxman
When things happen, don't complain. You were warned!
21:40 March 26, 2010 by Davey-jo
When I was university many many years ago there was film about a guy who made his living playing various tunes with his backside. I think it was called "le Petomane" or some such. Perhaps with some training this guy could earn an honest living?
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