Thought things like fortune-telling is something Asians indulge in mostly but it looks like this is a mistaken perception on my part. The article from The Metro of the UK shows even the Occidentals indulge in it. But it was placed under the “Weird’ section of the paper, wonder why? Looks like humans are the same the world over. I have always reckoned we humans are an odd lot!
Politician quits over fortuneteller calls
A Norwegian Labour Party politician took voluntary sick leave Thursday and said she wouldn’t seek re-election after running up big phone bills at Parliament’s expense by turning to an unusual set of advisers: fortunetellers.
Saera Khan’s mobile phone habits became known after Parliament said it would no longer cover her bills, which Norway’s largest newspaper Verdens Gang said hit 48,000 kroner (£4,590) in one three-month period.
‘Advice from fortune tellers has not influenced the Labour party’s work in Parliament,’ Labour’s parliamentary leader Hill-Marta Solberg said in announcing Khan’s leave.
It was not immediately clear how long she would be on leave, but Khan said she would not seek a second term in September elections. Solberg said the amount of the bills would not be made public.
At first, Khan said the bills were run up because she was calling a satellite phone used by her boyfriend, who she claimed was on a secret foreign mission with Britain’s special forces.
The 29-year-old lawmaker refused to give his name, age or base, but only said that he had a personal satellite phone with him.
But Norwegian tabloid Dagbladet contacted the British military and learned that soldiers are barred from having personal satellite phones on missions for security reasons.
Finally, she released a statement late Wednesday confirming news reports that her bills were so high because she called pay-by-the-minute fortune tellers 793 times in one nine-month period. She said she paid back the amount.
‘A large part of the cost was due to calls to alternative advisers: so called fortune tellers,’ she wrote. ‘I apologize.’
Neither Khan nor Solberg said what kind of advice she sought.
These ‘alternative advisers’ are expensive in more ways than one, at least for Saere Khan.