Mac & Mike's Pick: New Laws For Witches

By WEEK Reporter

February 18, 2011 Updated Feb 18, 2011 at 11:22 PM CDT

This is Bratara Buzea, Queen of the Romanian Witches, she is not a happy witch. The government of Romania is getting tough with witches.

Romania has an estimated four thousand witches, and the government there thinks they haven't been paying their fair share. So, the government has decided to tax those who practice witchcraft and now some officials want witches to be fined or even thrown in jail if their predictions don't come true.

Please, we know what you're thinking about weather forecasters. Queen Bratara Buzea thinks that's silly. She says, "They can't condemn witches, they should condemn the cards."

Fortune-tellers, tarot card readers and witches must now produce receipts for any work done and must have a permit to practice their craft as well as pay 16 percent income tax. The "bad predictions" bill passed the Romanian Senate, but still needs approval from finance and labor committees and Romania's Chamber of Deputies.

You do wonder why the fortune-tellers didn't see this coming.

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