Austria’s burqa ban fines a mascot

  • 21 Oct - 27 Oct, 2017
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The new burqa ban in Austria claimed an unexpected victim – a man dressed in a shark costume. He was hired to carry out promotional work by an electronics store McShark but was stopped by officers who reportedly asked him to remove the head of his costume which he refused, saying “I’m just doing my job.” However, he later removed the shark head but was still hit with a fine.

Ever since October 1, Austria’s law has deemed it illegal for citizens to cover their entire face using a veil in public places and if anyone is found breaking the law, they will be slapped with a €150 fine. The law is also said to extend to various other face coverings such as costumes, as well as people who use scarves to cover their face while riding motorbikes.

Eugen Prosquill, a representative of an advertising company Warda Network that had hired the man, said, “I wasn’t aware that the law reaches that far that it also affects mascots.”