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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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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.

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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.

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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.

See: http://www.dilbert.com/comics/dilbert/archive/dilbert-20070617.html

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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.

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Good old Roger

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

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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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