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Even witches can't catch a break

By T.K. Randall
January 9, 2011 · Comment icon 11 comments

Image Credit: Sabbhat Sabacio Striges
Romanian witches may soon see earnings from their profession taxed, for better or worse.
Witches from across Romania are assembling to either protest or praise potential legislation that will tax their trade. While many are angry at the prospect of paying into social security and having their net income cut by 16 percent, others are glad to finally have their occupation officially sanctioned - "our magic skills, which are recognized and accepted worldwide, are now authorized in Romania too," says one witch. Politicians are discussing the tax code changes as a method of easing the economic hardship that affects much of Europe. The ruling, if put into action, will also affect clairvoyants, palmists, psychics and driving instructors.
What they did was they gathered on the shore of the Danube River, and they held mandrake -- which is a poisonous herb who's roots can resemble a human being into the river -- all the while uttering dark incantations. And they're so angry because under this new law, they'll have to pay 16 percent tax plus social security contributions on their earnings.


Source: American Public Media | Comments (11)




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Comment icon #2 Posted by rice 13 years ago
I'm surprised that the woman in the picture didn't get torched or stoned, like in other countries. maybe she shouldn't have told people she was a witch and probably wouldn't have to pay taxes. but if she is proud of it, she should keep fighting for what she believes in!
Comment icon #3 Posted by electro13 13 years ago
The politicians just can't stand to see people earning a buck without being able to take some of it. The witches should put a curse on them.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Tiggs 13 years ago
From the article: "That's along with fortune tellers, and bizarrely driving instructors, although they weren't at the protest." Ah. Driving instructors. The darkest of the occult arts...
Comment icon #5 Posted by 04736 13 years ago
The witches should put a curse on them. Some of them are. Notice the interviewee's explanation.
Comment icon #6 Posted by farandaway 13 years ago
From the article: "That's along with fortune tellers, and bizarrely driving instructors, although they weren't at the protest." Ah. Driving instructors. The darkest of the occult arts... I agree with you totally, anyone who teaches people, especially teenagers, to drive, has to be impelled by dark malevolent forces.
Comment icon #7 Posted by DontHate 13 years ago
"I agree with you totally, anyone who teaches people, especially teenagers, to drive, has to be impelled by dark malevolent forces." That may be the best forum post I have seen in a while, thanks for making my day!
Comment icon #8 Posted by a vampire wears my boxers 13 years ago
eye of newt and bats in flight, i compell you to take a right. boiling cauldron smoke makes hot, this is where you should stop. but always buckle up
Comment icon #9 Posted by Paracelse 13 years ago
Are the fortune tellers going to guesstimate how much taxes the Witches are going to pay?
Comment icon #10 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 13 years ago
There are still vampires in charge, but now they drain the economy instead Well said.
Comment icon #11 Posted by StarChild 83 13 years ago
good.


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