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

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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.”


Ghordius StackShinyStuff Wed, 10/11/2017 - 10:43 Permalink

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

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NumNutt ebear Wed, 10/11/2017 - 09:57 Permalink

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!!!

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Ghordius NumNutt Wed, 10/11/2017 - 10:52 Permalink

+1 someone "get's it". this law just made a crink in the "business" of masked protestexcept 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 reformsthe law was made... for tourists. from the "Gulf States"

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floosy Wed, 10/11/2017 - 03:52 Permalink

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 floosy Wed, 10/11/2017 - 10:30 Permalink

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.

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Aussiekiwi Wed, 10/11/2017 - 04:01 Permalink

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.

stacking12321 Aussiekiwi Wed, 10/11/2017 - 10:55 Permalink

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?

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pparalegal Wed, 10/11/2017 - 04:22 Permalink

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.

lakecity55 Wed, 10/11/2017 - 04:59 Permalink

"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!"