In Sweden, a headbanger has succeeded in having his heavy metal music obsession declared an addiction that requires state disability benefits.
Roger Tullgren, 42, a heavily tattooed metal head who works as a dishwasher in southern Sweden, said he consulted three psychologists to receive statements testifying to the extent of his heavy metal music dependency, reports the Local, a Swedish news website.
“I have been trying for 10 years to get this classified as a handicap,” he told the Local.
"I spoke to three psychologists and they finally agreed that I needed this to avoid being discriminated against."
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Tullgren, who is described as having long black hair, tattoos and a collection of skull and crossbones jewelry, said his heavy metal addiction caused him to attend nearly 300 concerts last year that left him unable to hold down a job, and forced to go on welfare.
His new part-time job as a dishwasher at a restaurant in the city of Hassleholm will be supplemented by disability benefits.
"I signed a form saying: 'Roger feels compelled to show his heavy metal style. This puts him in a difficult situation on the labor 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," Tullgren said.