WTF Headline Of The Day: Austria's Burka Ban Leads To Arrest Of Man Dressed As Shark

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Authored by Mac Slavo via,

A man dressed as a shark was arrested in Austria and officials cited the countries Burka ban.

The man was working as a mascot for a McShark electronics store in Vienna when the arrest occurred.

New restrictions came into effect in Austria at the beginning of the month banning the wearing of the full Islamic veil and other items concealing the face in public places and buildings.

This ban extends to medical masks and scarves as well, making the shark costume an obvious “no-go.” The restrictions are aimed at “ensuring the cohesion of society in an open society,” according to officials, and violations will be punished with a fine of up to €150. Even though the wording of the law was meant to be religiously-neutral, there is still a grey area in which Austrians appear to be exploiting in order to make a point.

When the police saw the young man in the shark costume, he was asked to remove it. The employee protested saying he was “just doing his job,” so the police arrested him and slapped him with a fine.  Apparently, the man in the shark suit was reported to police by a member of the public who wanted to make a point of the new piece of legislation. The McShark electronics company is now reviewing its policy on using mascots to ensure they comply with the new law.

The advertising agency Warda Network, who was at the McShark opening, wrote on its Facebook page:

“Today we were at the McShark store opening and our shark mascot received a fine from the Vienna police because of the new ban on face-coverings. Life is not easy.”

Elsewhere in the Austrian capital, a cyclist was said to have been arrested and fined for wearing a scarf over her face, according to local media.

According to the Daily Mail, in passing the new legislation, officials in Vienna said:

“Acceptance and respect of Austrian values are basic conditions for successful cohabitation between the majority Austrian population and people from third countries living in Austria.”

The new laws also apply to visitors, even though many tourists in the country are from Arab nations.

Other measures which went into effect on October 1 include immigrants being forced to sign an “integration contract” and compulsory courses in the German language and “values.”

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Dame Ednas Possum's picture

This is what you get for converting to Mako. 

What I wanna know is how the hell did he got there from the Middle East? Austria has no coast line. 

StackShinyStuff's picture

So just in time for Halloween - no fucking costumes allowed.  Unintended consequences.

Is-Be's picture

Halloween, like Yule and Oestra are Asa and Vanatru religious festivals.

Oestra is the time for making babies. Hence the chocolate bunnies and eggs.

shovelhead's picture

Nothing gets those pagan bitches hot like chocolate bunnies.

Mtnrunnr's picture

But how will the facial recognition algorithms work it they are allowed to cover their faces?

stacking12321's picture

I don’t especially like muslims, but who I really hate is dickheads who think they have a right to tell others what they can wear.

stinkypinky's picture

Austria has jumped the McShark

Seahorse's picture

First they came for the sharks...

Agent P's picture

It's ALAWAYS time for making babies!

Ex-Oligarch's picture

<knock knock>
"Who is it?"
"Land Shark"

Ghordius's picture

"So just in time for Halloween - no fucking costumes allowed.  Unintended consequences."


first: Halloween is still a small (albeit growing) cultural import from the US (originally from England, if memory does not betray me)

second: this Austrian law states that the authorities can give permission to such things like costumed stuff. so you can have a parade in costumes, if you ask for that permission, and that permission is granted

this new law is really simple, actually. due to people protesting against burkas, everybody has to show their face, period (except if permission was granted)

and yes, this mascot was taken as example for that. "Keine Papiere!" (no paper on him stating he is allowed to do so)

meanwhile, those tourists from the Gulf might go elsewhere. Switzerland, Turkey, there is a lot of choice for them

malek's picture

Ghordius, the Grandmaster of Hypocrisy, turns everything into a "USA bad, EU good" argument...

covfefe MICdotard's picture

Shark jumping will soon replace the NFL as the favorite sport.


Then, when the dindus take a knee before the national anthem of those events, every caldera on planet earth will spontaneously blow.

lakecity55's picture

"DHS Outlaws Football Helmets"
    "NFL Goes Flag Football"
    "Ratings Plunge Deeper"

ebear's picture

"This ban extends to medical masks and scarves as well"

LOL... winter's almost here.  I hope it's a cold one.


Eyes Opened's picture

We're gonna need a bigger boat"


To ship those migrants back home !!

And bring back some semblence of normality !!

Is-Be's picture

A real ten footer deep one.

This is where I jump the fence and pray that you climate change deniers are right on the money.

Giant Meteor's picture

I guess this means Guy Fawkes masks are out ..

Agent P's picture

What if wearing a shark costume is part of this guy's religion?  It appears nobody really thought about the unintended consequences of the burqa ban law impacting religious sad. 

Ghordius's picture

for centuries, the answer to such questions here in Europe was: "perhaps you want to emigrate to America"?

(that does not include Pastafarians, note. the google-eyed monster in the sky rules, here. blessed be his holy meat balls, long may his delicious tentacles twitch)

NumNutt's picture

So I guess all the ANTIFAgots will be rounded up the next time they protest, burn shit, and beat people. but they won't be arrested for those crimes, nope, they will be arrested because they are covering their face...the world is going insane trying to figure out how to integrate the fucking Muslims, how about we just tell them to except western laws and civilization or get the fuck out!!!

Ghordius's picture

+1 someone "get's it". this law just made a crink in the "business" of masked protest

except that you don't, at least not completely. resident Muslims in Austria don't mask their faces. they are Turks, mostly. which are per definition half Westernized to begin with, through Atatürk's reforms

the law was made... for tourists. from the "Gulf States"

Fireman's picture

Just ban the pedophile prophet and the rest will follow.

floosy's picture

It's highly amusing watching various governments go full retard in ever more extreme attempts to appease various factions of voters whilst still sticking to their policies of cultural suicide

dunroamin's picture

Absolutely right. It was a huge mistake to make the law "religiously-neutral". They lack the courage of their convictions.

Yesterday was moderately cold in Vienna. I saw 2 cyclists in as many minutes wearing scarfs around their faces. That gives some indication of how hard it will be to enforce the new law.

robertocarlos's picture

The collectivists are fucking insane.

Aussiekiwi's picture

It is a good law, would certainly crimp ANTIFA's fascist antics, but like so many laws there are a few extreme cases that get caught up with it. In this case it appears the police did ask him to remove the Head covering and advised him that it was illegal and he would be fined if he did not, the man decided to cop the fine, stupid, but that was his decision.

lakecity55's picture

Except the Statists will not arrest masked anarchists. Yet.


JohnGaltUk's picture

Wow you sound like you come from a country that has wage and price controls and allowed the state to tell you which days you are allowed to drive your car.... oh wait!

Aussiekiwi's picture

Nice reply, we also have super cheap Health Insurance, high wages, universal health care, low crime rate, loads of sunshine and awesome beaches, but who's counting :)

SybilDefense's picture

After the yamika, it was only a matter of time before they got to shark heads.  Fuck sharks anyway.

Armed Resistance's picture

Yeah, how’s your gun collection?

stacking12321's picture

No, it’s a shitty law.
All laws are.
Some of us are adults who can decide for ourselves what to wear and what not to wear.
Maybe you haven’t grown up yet and need to feel like you’re under adult supervision.

Aussiekiwi's picture

I bet your one of those 'adults' who is so paranoid that he believes he has to be armed to the teeth just to go shopping.

stacking12321's picture

I will take that bet.
FYI, I’m about to buy my 1st ever pistol, I never was a gun guy, but it’s becoming increasingly apparent we are each responsible for securing our own safety. And those who abdicate that responsibility to the state will suffer accordingly.

But I notice you’re changing the subject - do you really think it’s acceptable for an armed gang to enforce their wishes on others, as to what they can wear?
Should they be able to tell you what you can eat and drink and say and think, as well?

Cracker Pipes's picture

Germahy has become a fucking joke...this would never have happened before the EU refugee army migrated...

julian_n's picture

Yes.  But this was in Austria.

Swamp Yankee's picture

I love iT!


Long on woodpeckers.

pparalegal's picture

And lawmakers tell us they are smart. Years ago the city of San Marino, a very upscale LA suburb at the time, did not want trucks rolling past their mansions. so they made a vehicle weight limit law. They rethought the whole idea after a few smartass cops cited their limos for overweight on city streets.

zvzzt's picture

So basically I can get a fine when robbing a bank with a mask?!

Is-Be's picture

Well, the banksters don't wear masks.

So fair's fair.

julian_n's picture

And wearing a full face motor cycle helmet as well perhaps.

lakecity55's picture

"DHS Outlaws Motorcycle Helmets"
      "Moto injuries Increase"

Debugas's picture

The essence is you are not allowed to walk anonymous

lakecity55's picture

"Achmed, there is a burka ban. My wife is wearing a land shark head mask."
"It will not work, Mohammed! Turn on the news! They arrested an infidel for wearing one!"
"What can we do?"
"Have them wear Hitlary masks!"



Redneck Makin-tosh's picture

Silly Habsburgers

At least it will be easy pickings for the stasi christmas party once the ski season starts.