Man receives unemployment benefits because he is addicted to music

Roger Tullgren 
By: Mahesh Sarin 

A man boasted that he was finally able to classify his addiction to music as a disability in order to receive government unemployment benefits, according to press reports in Sweden.

The Swedish man, who won worldwide fame for having his love of hard rock music classified as a disability, said that he remains addicted to heavy metal music five years after he was granted government unemployment benefits for his affliction.

"I'm still very addicted," Roger Tullgren, 47, said this week, from his home in Hassleholm.

"I listen to heavy metal music 24 hours a day," he added.

Tullgren, whose strong heavy metal interest comes from listening to a Black Sabbath album back in 1971, gained notoriety when it emerged that he had managed to have his undying affection for heavy metal classified as a disability.

The diagnosis is supported by an evaluation of professional psychologists, which allowed benefits to supplement his income since his need to hear heavy metal made ​​it difficult for him to maintain a full-time job.

"I've been trying for ten years to get this classified as a handicap," he said.

"I spoke to three psychologists and they finally agreed that I needed this to be classified as a disability in order to avoid being discriminated against," he said.

As a result, the heavy metal addict, who sports a long mane of jet black hair, began receiving monthly payments to supplement his income as a dishwasher part time.