Swedish Metal Nerd Gets Awarded Disability For His Heavy Metal AddictionBy Noisey Staff
A man in Sweden has been awarded state disability benefits for his addiction to heavy metal.
Yes, you heard that right. State disability benefits for his addiction to Slayer.
According to the Global Post, 42-year-old Roger Tullgren claimed he was so addicted to heavy metal that he attended 300 concerts last year which rendered him unable to hold down a job. Tullgren said he became addicted to the music when he brother played him a Sabbath record as a baby.
“I have been trying for 10 years to get this classified as a handicap,” Tullgren told Swedish newspaper The Local. “I spoke to three psychologists and they finally agreed that I needed this to avoid being discriminated against.”
Imagine this happening in America? It wouldn’t. It would never happen. This shit wouldn’t even happen in Canada. (Okay, maybe Canada.)
Apparently, the adult metal addict has now a part-time job as a dishwasher (where his boss has to let him blast Slayer all shift and has agreed to give him the nights off he needs to go to concerts), but he still gets supplemented by his disability benefits. Tullgren also told newspapers that he has a special piece of paper signed by himself and the medical professionals excusing him from having to change his clothing, hair or personal style to be “professional”. “So now I can turn up at a job interview dressed in my normal clothes and just hand the interviews this piece of paper,” he said.
So, yeah. That’s Sweden right now. Expect metal nerds to crawl out their mother’s basements and start moving over there by the boatload.
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