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Even witches can't catch a break

Posted on Sunday, 9 January, 2011 | Comment icon 11 comments | News tip by: Persia

Image credit: Sabbhat Sabacio Striges

By 04736, Staff News Writer

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."

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Comment icon #2 Posted by rice on 6 January, 2011, 6:43
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 on 9 January, 2011, 10:51
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 on 9 January, 2011, 13:48
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 on 9 January, 2011, 14:51
The witches should put a curse on them. Some of them are. Notice the interviewee's explanation.
Comment icon #6 Posted by farandaway on 9 January, 2011, 17:26
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 on 10 January, 2011, 4:30
"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 on 10 January, 2011, 6:54
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 on 10 January, 2011, 7:00
Are the fortune tellers going to guesstimate how much taxes the Witches are going to pay?
Comment icon #10 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 11 January, 2011, 22:50
There are still vampires in charge, but now they drain the economy instead Well said.
Comment icon #11 Posted by StarChild 83 on 17 February, 2011, 6:10

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