Man in shark costume gets fined under burqa ban

Austria’s burqa ban bites for a man in a shark costume — who was slapped with a fine for covering his face Monday.

The unnamed worker was dressed as a mascot outside McShark computer shop in Vienna, when he was asked by cops to remove his shark head, the local news site Die Welt reported.

He refused, explaining, “I’m just doing my job,” according to Heute.com. Officers hit him with a fine, which can run up to $176, for the fishy behavior.

“I wasn’t aware that the law reaches that far that it also affects mascots,” Eugen Prosquill, who hired the man in costume, told Heute.com.

A new law forbidding full-faced veils in public places went into effect in the country on Oct. 1. Under the law, faces must be visible from hairline to chin.

The controversial legislation is tied to the country’s ongoing immigration terrorism and national identity issues, lawmakers and activists say.

Opponents have argued that the ban is discriminatory and unnecessary because only a small number of women in Austria wear veils.

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