Burp in Austria leads first to fine, then to expenses-paid trip to Turkey

Aerial photo taken with a drone shows the roof of Istanbul’s centuries-old Grand Bazaar, foreground, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. In a news conference Monday, the municipality of the city’s Fatih district announced its plans for the renovation of the iconic maze of shops, restaurants and tea houses. The complex, which houses nearly 4,500 stores, starred in the 2012 James Bond movie, “Skyfall.” Historical Nur-u Osmaniye Mosque is in the background. (Ali Aksoyer/DHA via AP)

VIENNA (AP) — A sonorous burp after a doner kebab led to a fine for Vienna bartender Edin Mehic. But the belch also had its benefits — an all-expenses paid trip to Istanbul, compliments of a chain famed for the Turkish specialty.

A policeman ticketed and fined Mehic last month asserting the belch was too loud — and too close for comfort. But many took his side, including an Istanbul-based company serving the sliced meat sandwich that saw Mehic’s punishment as a downer for the doner.

The chain on Monday confirmed that it picked up the tab for the flight, hotel and a sightseeing tour during Mehic’s two-day visit last week.

And there’s more to what Mehic calls his “dream trip.” The chain’s CEO wrote him a check reimbursing his 70-euro ($77) fine.

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