Museum Employee Given Permanent Potty Break

August 11, 2011 ( - A famed Austrian museum has fired an employee for washing his hands and face with his urine.

The Associated Press reports that Alfred Zoppelt says he was fired after 23 years of working as an attendant at the Belvedere, a castle in Vienna with a major art collection. He says his adherence to urine therapy was previously “never a problem.”  

The AP said the notice from Belvedere stated “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.”  

A woman answering the Belvedere press department phone confirmed that Zoppelt was fired but did not give further information.  

According to the news report, believers in urine therapy claim medical and cosmetic benefits but these have not been proven.