Young man who was dressed as shark was arrested under burkha ban law in Austria while working as a mascot outside a shop.
The employee was standing outside the new electronic store of Apple re-seller Mcshark in the shark outfit as the company’s mascot.
The police officers walking past has demanded him to remove the shark head, he refused and said that he was “just doing his job”. He was immediately arrested for breaking the law and was fined £130.
It comes after new restrictions came into force in Austria at the beginning of the month banning the wearing of the full Islamic veil.
Also prohibited are clown disguises, medical masks and scarves to cover faces, only the residents who are permitted under certain conditions can wear them in public.
The restrictions are aimed at “ensuring the cohesion of society in an open society”
It is thought 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.
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 company is now reviewing policies on using mascots.
The new laws are also applicable to the tourists and visitors.
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