“Gonna have to face it I live in my parents’ basement!”


A heavy metal fan has been awarded sickness handouts after doctors said his addiction to music was a disability.

The ruling means Roger Tullgren, 42, will pocket thousands of pounds in state benefits to help finance his 36-year obsession.

Roger will get a £65 a week top up to the money he earns as a part-time restaurant dishwasher so he can buy concert tickets and CDs.

But another Swedish occupational therapist said: “I think it’s extremely strange. If someone has has a gambling addiction you don’t send them down the racetrack. We try to cure the addiction, not encourage it.”

  1. JoaoPT says:

    Hey Swedish authorities!!!
    I have a terrible addiction to Couch Potatoeing… can you give me monthly $100 worth of IKEA coupons? ….


  2. Tom 2 says:

    Now that is just the coolest thing i have ever heard. Listen to Rock music get financial support awww what a life.

  3. bobbo says:

    Hey you NeoCons—-

    Whats better, a slob on welfare costing 10K/year


    A Slob robbing and stealing to feed his habit (music in this case) ultimately landing in jail at the cost of $30K per year.

    I know you hate welfare, but I thought you liked money?

  4. noname says:

    SN are you confused? I hope dementia is not setting in.

    “Your Tax Dollars At Work”

    Please enlighten us little folks how my tax dollars supports Swedens generous welfare benefits. Otherwise why should I care?

  5. JoaoPT says:

    Well… I guess that the true free market capitalist equivalent would be to become such a hard core fan that U could ask for endorsements and appear on talk shows promoting rock bands and being paid for it…

  6. JoaoPT says:

    And then there’s also Paris Hilton…
    Wonder what subsidized existence would she get were she to be Swedish… Hmmmm…

  7. Frank IBC says:

    “I-i-i don’t want to work
    I want to bang on the drum all day…”

  8. SN says:

    4. Gee noname, I realize you’re an idiot, but you should at least realize that Americans are not the only people reading this blog AND Swedes pay taxes.

  9. Jägermeister says:

    Does “Chronic spanking the monkey syndrome” get you extra money to buy porn and sex toys?

  10. Tippis says:

    #4: “Please enlighten us little folks how my tax dollars supports Swedens generous welfare benefits. Otherwise why should I care?”

    …well, actually, this being a globalised world with interdependent economies and all that….

    The fact is that your tax dollars fund your defense spendings. As it happens, a surprisingly large part of those spendings goes into buying Swedish weapon systems (surprisingly large, at least, considering the size of Sweden, and considering our supposedly neutral/alliance free foreign policy stance). Those weapon systems, in turn, create revenue for the Swedish defence industry, which is then taxed and turned into government funds and those funds are then spent on (among other things) Swedish wellfare.

    Don’t worry, though. Just like you keep buying our crap, we keep buying yours, so my tax Kronor pays for your government’s exesses as well 😉

  11. B. Dog says:

    Nice pic! The video is very good.

  12. OhForTheLoveOf says:

    #9 – I am afraid it doesn’t… but my lawyer is appealing the decision.

  13. noname says:

    #8, SN I guess I had that coming. You got me, I am so USA centric!

    My bad, given the DU blogs are original in English, not Swedish, (yes Goggle can translate) I assumed; it was intended for Canadians, Australians or Britons, given we all know these musings are never intend for the USA.

    I humbly bow before your towering and enthralling intellect! Almighty’s wet noodle, be gentle to me.

    Since DU promotes life on other planets should I regard blog entry as intended for Martians?

  14. noname says:

    #10 Tippis, Thanks for the explanation.

    You are correct, defense spending is a big part of our Taxes. If we could pay less for Swedish weapon systems (GM Saab-Hummer and like), I know BUSH will reduce our taxes and pass the saving on to US.

    Sweden needs to get it’s act together. GW is available for Swedish office in 2008!

  15. Jägermeister says:

    14 – GW is available for Swedish office in 2008!

    I’m pretty sure they don’t want him. 😉

  16. Anonymouse says:

    I am an American working here in Sweden for an American company and it sickens me that I work my ass off and then pay 34% taxes in addition to 25% retail taxes in order to support a bunch of lazy Swedes and middle east immigrants who only are here to take advantage of this liberal system!

    All the while listening to the Swedish media bash the USA like were a bunch of terrorists while they silently support the real terrorists thru buying pizzas and drinks from their pubs and restaurants who are owned by immigrants and their employees are working under the table and here illegally!! The “black” money is then shipped “back home”. But the Swedes just turn their head blindly as they are famous for doing!

  17. bobbo says:

    Only 34/25? I thought Sweden was overtaxed?

    Why isn’t a Swede doing your job?

  18. JoaoPT says:

    #16 Hmmm

    finally a lead here…
    Maybe the CIA had better follow the black-bloody-pizza-dirty-money…


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