A village near Salzburg in Austria is installing CCTV cameras to try to stop visitors from taking rude advantage of its name.
The problem is, you see – and there’s no way to put this politely – the place is called Fucking and it’s been plagued for years by people filming themselves in sexually explicit poses by the village sign.
“I’m sure they all think they’re the first to do it, but believe me they’re not,” said one exasperated resident of the tiny hamlet (population 104). “We’ve grown very tired of it and we’re doing something about it.”
It’s hoped the CCTV cameras will make people think twice about their actions and just pose for an innocent tourist snapshot instead.
The village’s name is believed to come from a sixth century noble called Lord Focko, with ‘ing’ being old German for ‘family of’.
In 2004, residents voted against changing the name, despite the rising costs of replacing the Fucking signs every time souvenir-hunting tourists stole them.
by Andy Moreton