Swedish heavy metal fan qualifies for disability pay

    Those swarthy gentlemen to the left are the Swedish metal band Meshuggah. Pretty crazy looking, right? Their music is crazy too, with all sortsa weird rhythmic mindfuckery goin’ on all over the place. Hell ever their name means “crazy” in Yiddish. And now according to Swedish newsmag The Local, you can qualify as “crazy” just for listening to them.
    Roger Tullgren, a 42-year-old Swedish metalhead, was so entrenched in the heavy metal lifestyle that he would frequently miss work to go to shows, causing him to lose his job and rely on welfare handouts. Instead of sacking up and foregoing the moshpit for the sake of a livelihood, Tullgren convinced an occupational therapists to sign a paper that would render his devilhorns compulsion a disability, therefore entitling him to a wage supplement from the state-sponsored Employment Service…[more:]
    Says Mr. Tullgren about this most fortunate turn of events: “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.”
    The owner of the restaurant where Tullgren now washes dishes is tolerant of his “disability,” and even allows him to listen to metal while he washes, “But not too loud when there are guests,” Tullgren said.
    Sounds like a Cheech & Chong-worthy ploy for drug money, yes? Sympathetic as this blogger is to the plight of the metalhead, it would seem that they are ostracized enough as it is – now in Sweden, at least one metalhead is ensuring that his musical preference is considered a clinical disorder.
    Don”’t Call Him Metally Handicapped”¦ (Matablog)