Story By: Joseph Golder, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
A Swiss woman artist on benefits is in hot water after she was caught spending nearly 10,000 GBP to have a boob, job claiming it would make her more sexy so she could sell more pictures.
The incident took place in the Swiss capital of Bern and according to reports, the breast augmentation operation cost a whopping 10,000 CHF (8,440 GBP) and the woman had it “to market herself better”.
The painter, who has not been named in reports due to strict local privacy laws but who is reportedly 47 years old, received benefits between July 2013 and December 2017.
But she allegedly failed to declare to the authorities that she had also received undeclared amounts of 1,000 CHF (840 GBP) and 3,200 CHF (2,700) from her friends and family.
Furthermore, the 10,000 CHF came from an agency which she managed that was geared towards helping artists.
The woman argued that the agency had provided the money because “sex sells” and with larger breasts, she was more likely to have become financially independent, and would, therefore, have not been a burden any more on the Swiss welfare state.
But a Swiss cantonal court and now the Federal Supreme Court disagreed, and the woman has been ordered to pay back the 13,200 CHF which were deemed to have been “used solely for personal purposes”.
She had appealed the cantonal court’s request for reimbursement, arguing that she had managed to sell one picture of herself after the operation and had her professional ambitions panned out, she would not have needed to be on benefits anymore.
The Swiss Federal Supreme Court, however, said that the woman’s argument that breast enlargement should have helped in the marketing of her pictures and the promotion of her career was “not easily understandable”.
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