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Postby RugbyD » Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:00 pm

http://www.thelocal.se/7650/20070619/

Man gets sick benefits for heavy metal addiction
Published: 19th June 2007 15:12 CET
Online: http://www.thelocal.se/7650/

A Swedish heavy metal fan has had his musical preferences officially classified as a disability. The results of a psychological analysis enable the metal lover to supplement his income with state benefits.

Roger Tullgren, 42, from Hässleholm in southern Sweden has just started working part time as a dishwasher at a local restaurant.

Because heavy metal dominates so many aspects of his life, the Employment Service has agreed to pay part of Tullgren's salary. His new boss meanwhile has given him a special dispensation to play loud music at work.

"I have been trying for ten years to get this classified as a handicap," Tullgren told The Local.

"I spoke to three psychologists and they finally agreed that I needed this to avoid being discriminated against."

Roger Tullgren first developed an interest in heavy metal when his older brother came home with a Black Sabbath album in 1971.

Since then little else has mattered for the 42-year-old, who has long black hair, a collection of tattoos and wears skull and crossbones jewelry.

The ageing rocker claims to have attended almost three hundred shows last year, often skipping work in the process.

Eventually his last employer tired of his absences and Tullgren was left jobless and reliant on welfare handouts.

But his sessions with the occupational psychologists led to a solution of sorts: Tullgren signed a piece of paper on which his heavy metal lifestyle was classified as a disability, an assessment that entitles him to a wage supplement from the job centre.

"I signed a form saying: 'Roger feels compelled to show his heavy metal style. This puts him in a difficult situation on the labour market. Therefore he needs extra financial help'. So now I can turn up at a job interview dressed in my normal clothes and just hand the interviewers this piece of paper," he said.

The manager at his new workplace allows him to go to concerts as long as he makes up for lost time at a later point. He is also allowed to dress as he likes and listen to heavy metal while washing up.

"But not too loud when there are guests," he said.

The Local spoke to an occupational psychologist in Stockolm, who admitted to being baffled by the decision.

"I think it's extremely strange. Unless there is an underlying diagnosis it is absolutely unbelievable that the job centre would pay pay out.

"If somebody has a gambling addiction, we don't send them down to the racetrack. We try to cure the addiction, not encourage it," he said.

Henrietta Stein, deputy employment director for the Skåne region, is also puzzled by the move; "an interest in music" is not usually sufficient to qualify for wage benefits.

"Certain cases are confidential but in general there is always a medical reason that is well-documented," she said.

Tullgren currently plays bass and guitar in two rock bands and says that he tends to get a lot of positive reactions for daring to be himself.

"Some might say that I should grow up and learn to listen to other types of music but I can't. Heavy metal is my lifestyle," he said.
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Postby CheeseBeger » Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:07 pm

Go tax dollars go!!!

Maybe I can move there and get a porn/fantasy baseball stipend :]
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Postby knapplc » Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:28 pm

Honestly. I mean.... come on. :? :B
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Postby The Artful Dodger » Wed Jun 20, 2007 12:03 am

knapplc wrote:Honestly. I mean.... come on. :? :B


Hey, all that continuous headbanging can do a number on your spinal cord. Not to mention your equilibrium remaining off kilter with all the ringing in your ears. Take it from me. :B

I love Sweden. You have topless blonde models playing traffic cop on the street and a thrasher like myself can file for disability! God bless left-wing government at its most...EXTREEEEEME!!!! ;D
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Postby Madison » Wed Jun 20, 2007 1:36 am

*shakes head and walks away*
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Postby Snakes Gould » Wed Jun 20, 2007 1:45 am

Madison wrote:*shakes head and walks away*


my thoughts EXACTLY.
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Wed Jun 20, 2007 8:32 am

I wonder how the citizens feel about paying for this guy's 'disability'. I'd like to spend more time with my family than at work so can I get paid for staying at home?
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Postby knapplc » Wed Jun 20, 2007 9:29 am

Omaha Red Sox wrote:I wonder how the citizens feel about paying for this guy's 'disability'. I'd like to spend more time with my family than at work so can I get paid for staying at home?


This is the flaw in their system. What is to stop everyone from pulling some stunt like this? What if even 20% of their country came up with some creative “disability” like this and stopped working, or at the very least received benefits from the government. I can’t see how this is a self-sustainable form of government, long-term. Sooner or later you’re going to have such a huge welfare burden on the taxpayers that they’ll go under.

This kind of stuff just makes no sense. Maybe in six weeks or six months we’ll see another article where someone with some sanity to them in their government comes back and says “Huh-uh.”

I kind of hope so, for their sake.
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Postby StlSluggers » Wed Jun 20, 2007 10:22 am

EUROPE SUCKS!!!!

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