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A Swedish man is to receive sickness benefits for his addiction to heavy metal music. The lifestyle of 42-year-old dishwasher Roger Tullgren from Hässleholm in southern Sweden has been classified as a disability by the Swedish Employment Service, which has agreed to pay part of Tullgren's salary, and his new boss has given him …


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  1. Dillon Pyron

    A cure?

    Every time Ozzy comes on, he gets a slight shock. Or make him listen to Bach for a couple of weeks.

    What if I object to heavy metal and work with him? Do I get benefits from the government?

    I guess internet porn addicts are next. Followed by WoW junkies.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I'm moving to Sweden

    I'm gonna move to Sweden and definitely apply my MMO gaming as an addiction. I can't show up to work everday because I don't log off the games til 6am just hours before I need to head into work. Pay me and let me play my games during work hours so that I don't have to stay up so late cramming in every free minute I have off of work playing.

  3. regadpellagru

    Dilbert story

    300 shows per year ? No wonder he's having difficulties at work ! Being deaf most of the time, with no sleep won't buy him a job ! Last show I was into, I heard a beep with lasted for 3 days. Was right in front of the bass amp. Got me worried :-)

    I say, send him to Dilbert's office, that will cure him.


  4. Ben Saxon

    Oh man...

    He actually gets to play his music at work? That's so awesome! Not that I don't because I'm working at a fairly relaxed music tech facility, but still... working the 9 to 5 with your tunes blasting out all the while has got to be a bonus.

  5. George McIntosh

    Good old Roger

    We met Roger at the Wacken metal festival in Germany last year. I can vouch for his, um, illness

  6. Jason Togneri

    Ummm... headphones?

    I think that would be a sensible solution, and not bother anybody else. In fact, I'm doing a 9-5 desk job right now and listening to a bit of punk (real, not this imaginary fluffy pseudo-goth stuff they're calling punk nowadays), and half of the people near me are wearing headphones - I don't see the issue.

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