Court Rules That ‘Flatulence in the Workplace’ Is Not a Form of Bullying

Ashley (Kimber)

I’ve never been a ‘fart joke’ person. I just don’t think it’s funny. Sorry, not sorry.

So imagine my surprise at the fact that I’m writing about this crap now: Is it “bullying” to pass gas in the office?

An age-old question, I’m sure.

According to Fox News:

An Australian appeals court on Friday ruled that repeated flatulence targeted at another individual wasn’t a form of bullying or assault.

Um… why would this EVER be a necessary ruling?

Well, because some dude sued his former boss for “farting towards him.”

The ruling by the Victoria state Court of Appeal came after David Hingst, a 56-year-old engineer, brought a case against his former supervisor for constantly farting toward him, demanding $1.3 million in damages from his former employer in Melbourne, Construction Engineering.

Ok – two thoughts: I absolutely HATE that boss guy. You know how I said I don’t like fart jokes? I ESPECIALLY don’t like people like this. It would have taken everything in me not to deck him. HR would have seriously heard from me every day until they locked that dude up in a zoo where he belongs. Act like an animal, get treated like one.

Second – 1.3 million in damages? …What damages?

Anyway. The court ruled farting isn’t “bullying.”

The court’s judges wrote in their ruling that Hingst argued that “flatulence constituted assaults” and “alleged that Mr. Short would regularly break wind on him or at him, Mr. Short thinking this to be funny.”


This is NOT funny. Seriously I would be livid. I hate this kind of crap. I didn’t think I’d ever say this, but I’m starting to side with the guy that sued.

The man testified in court claiming that the bullying forced him to move out of a communal office space to avoid supervisor Greg Short’s flatulence.

Yet Short would still enter Hingst’s small, windowless office a few times a day just to break wind, he said. This led him to spray Short with deodorant and call him “Mr. Stinky.”

“He would fart behind me and walk away. He would do this five or six times a day,” Hingst said outside court.

Ok, yeah. There’s a special place in hell for this wacko. I hope y’all don’t think this is funny, because then I’ll have to unfriend you, too.

The farter in question, of course, seems to have forgotten all about it:

Short said he doesn’t remember breaking wind in Hingst’s office, “but I may have done it once or twice.”

But flatulence isn’t the only form of bullying alleged by Hingst, adding that Short was also abusive over the phone, used profane language and taunted him.

Rather than focusing on more recognized forms of bullying or harassment, the judges said that Hingst “put the issue of Mr. Short’s flatulence to the forefront” of his bullying case.

Ugh. He sounds like the worst kind of idiot.

I really didn’t think I’d find myself on this side of the argument