Swedish Man Receives Disability For Heavy Metal Music Obsession
For some, music isn’t just a hobby, it’s a way of life. Take Swedish heavy metal fan Roger Tullgren. How much does he love heavy metal? So much. In fact, he successfully petitioned the Swedish government to classify his heavy metal obsession as a disability. Now, thanks to an in-depth psychological analysis, the 42-year-old part-time dishwasher receives state benefits and has been granted a special dispensation to play his music at work and attend heavy metal shows during scheduled work hours as long as he makes up the time at a later date. Tullgren’s been angling for the disability claim for more than 10 years. “I spoke to three psychologists and they finally agreed that I needed this to avoid being discriminated against,” he explained, noting that he’d lost several jobs thanks to his excessive interest in the music. “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. What a relief!
Sure, you think, par for the course in a crazy Socialist society. But! Not so, says employment director Henrietta Stein. “An interest in music” isn’t sufficient to qualify for wage benefits in Sweden, or anyplace else.
“Some might say that I should grow up and learn to listen to other types of music but I can’t,” clarifies Tullgren. “Heavy metal is my lifestyle.” [The Local]