An Austrian brothel is offering customers free sex in a summer-long protest over what its owner sees as punitive tax payments. I guess that’s one way to go about avoiding the government’s wallet squeeze. My heart goes out to guys who have to use the Short Form. Ouch!
Legally speaking, of course, the government does have him by the balls, so to speak, and to run a business you must pay taxes. There is a point in which the government simply becomes too greedy, and this is what you end up with:
“We are not paying taxes any more. Effective immediately: Free Entrance! Free Drinks! Free Sex!” the Pascha establishment in Salzburg posted on its website. A woman who answered the phone there on Sunday said it was no joke.
The Oesterreich newspaper showed a picture of men queued up outside to take advantage of the unusual offer.
It quoted owner Hermann Mueller as saying he would compensate from his own pocket the up to 10,000 euros ($11,270) a month that prostitutes working at the club will forego.
Mueller, who also operates brothels in four other cities in Germany and Austria, has complained in past media interviews about what he says has been punitive taxation and regulation of his businesses. He said he had paid nearly 5 million euros in taxes in Salzburg alone over the past decade.
This is why governments need to stop and realize what they are doing is too much for the business world. The taxes they impose on small businesses, of any kind, are ridiculous. You cannot sustain an economy by making a business lose money. Kudos to you, Mr. Mueller, and best of luck on your tax strike.
Written by Katie McGuire. Follow Katie on Twitter @GOPKatie, or email the author at [email protected]