People in Austria protested when the ban of full-face coverings came into force at the start of October
A man wearing a shark outfit for a promotion has been given a caution after allegedly breaking Austria's new laws that ban burkas.
The worker had donned a furry suit with a shark's head for a hat to advertise the opening of a branch of computer store McShark in Vienna.
The Anti-Mask Act, prohibiting full-face coverings including headwear worn by some Muslims, came into force on 1 October.
The law states faces must be visible from the hairline to the chin in public places.
Off-piste ski masks, surgical masks outside of hospitals and party masks are included.
But the law, which is popularly known as the "burka ban", is mostly seen as aimed at the conservative Islamic clothing.
A page from the McShark Facebook page showing the man in the shark costume
Those who break the law can be fined €150 and police are allowed to use force to make people show their faces.
A page from the McShark Facebook page showing the man in the shark costume
The man arrested was apparently dancing outside the store at the time police arrived, according to Heute newspaper.
He is understood to have refused several requests to take off his shark's head.
Heute said he told police he was only doing his job.
The managing director of the advertising agency responsible for the campaign, Eugen Prosquill, told the newspaper he was not aware the new law applied to mascots.
"It would be a pity if there were no mascots left," he said.
Austria's "burka ban" came after similar restrictions were brought in across France and Belgium and partial bans introduced in the Netherlands, Italy and Spain.


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