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article imageMan fired from job of 23 years for washing himself in urine

By Christopher Bates     Aug 11, 2011 in Health
Vienna - A 57-year-old man has been fired from his job at an Austrian museum after he washed his face and hands in his own urine.
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."
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