Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
VENICE

Hundred-euro cafe' bill stirs controversy in Venice

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Venice, August 19 - A bill rung up in a Venetian
cafe' and posted on Facebook stirred controversy in the local
papers of Italy's famed city of waterways on Monday over alleged
tourist gouging.
Local newspapers wrote of how a group of seven Roman
visitors were handed a tab of 108.80 euros for four coffees and
three bitters at a cafe' in Venice's popular tourist mecca,
Saint Mark's Square.
"Musical accompaniment" padded the total by 42 euros, while
the alcohol cost 44.80 euros.
The owner of the cafe' justified the bill saying,
"Tourists are given a menu where all the prices are indicated,
including the musical supplement".
An official from a local business association also
defended the bill.
"If those Roman tourists had taken those coffees and
bitters 100 meters away, outside of the piazza, they would have
certainly paid a different price," said Ernesto Pancin, the
provincial secretary of the Federation of Public Commerce
(Fipe).
"I'm sick of these episodes that continuously attack Venice
and allegedly fleecing locales. They seem to me (made by) people
who don't know how to get around in the world. What did they
think they'd pay in a cafe' that is the top both in service and
quality, seated in Saint Mark's Square and with an orchestra
that plays for them?" Pancin added.
"Some people should stay at home. I'll play the devil's
advocate: that coffee, it seems to me, should have cost at least
20 euros for the overhead that our businesses have".

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