Alfred Zoppelt worked at the Belvedere, a historical castle in Vienna, for 23 years. Despite washing himself in urine for many years, he says it was "never a problem" until now.
According to Forbes
, Zoppelt's employer terminated his employment and gave him a notice reading: "You regularly rub urine into your skin, particularly the face and hands. With this, you soil your place of work and threaten the health of your co-workers."
The application of urine is commonly known as "urine therapy," and while there are no scientifically proven benefits, some believe it helps prevent "acne
, cancer, wrinkles, allergies and much more."
Some people also go as far as drinking
their own urine.
"I worked there for 23 years and there were never any problems," Zoppelt told Krone
, a Vienna-based newspaper. "I was promoted to being a warden -- in charge of the porters there. It was there that I showed a colleague a DVD about the therapy."