Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

Gondoliers face random drug and alcohol tests


Venice, July 4 - Venice's famed gondoliers may soon
have to undergo regular drug and alcohol testing after a series
of complaints about their recent behavior and questionable
The president of the gondoliers' association, Nicola
Falconi, is putting the proposal before council meeting Monday.
He told ANSA the tests should be applied to all transport
operators in the lagoon city.
"From water-bus drivers to ship hands," he said. "Given
that the complaints are rising, I called the meeting to propose
the tests, which could also be random.
"We don't know if (the idea) is doable, but at least we're
trying to face an ever-mounting problem.
The move is said to come in response to a video posted last
week on YouTube of a group of gondoliers allegedly hazing an
aspiring assistant by forcing him to strip off his clothes and
swim in a canal off St Mark's Square in order to get the job.
Alcohol is suspected to have been involved.

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