London: (AFP) British tourists have left the residents of one charming Austrian village effing and blinding by constantly stealing the signs for their oddly named village.
While British visitors are finding it hilarious, the residents of Fucking are failing to see the funny side.
Only one kind of criminal ever stalks the sleepy 32-house village near Salzburg on the German border - cheeky British tourists armed with a sense of humour and a screwdriver.
But the local authorities are hitting back and with the signs now set in concrete, police chief Kommandant Schmidtberger is on the lookout.
"We will not stand for the Fucking signs being removed", the officer said.
"It may be very amusing for you British, but Fucking is simply Fucking to us. What is this big Fucking joke? It is puerile."
Local tourist guide Andreas Rehmueller said it was only the British that has a fixation with Fucking.
"The Germans all want to see the Mozart house in Salzburg," he explained. "Every American seems to care only about The Sound Of Music (The 1955 film shot around Salzburg). The occasional Japanese wants to see Hitler's birthplace in Braunan. But for the British, it's all about Fucking."
Guesthouse manager Augustina Lindlbauer described the village's breathtaking lakes, forests and vistas.
"Yet, still there is this obsession with Fucking," she said.
"Just this morning I had to tell an English lady who stopped by that there were no Fucking postcards."
Opps...mind my language!