Sunday 19 November 2017

Venice mayor calls tourists 'cheap' over €526 lunch bill

High water covers St. Mark square in Venice, Italy, in the early hours of Monday.
High water covers St. Mark square in Venice, Italy, in the early hours of Monday.

Nick Squires

The mayor of Venice has branded tourists who complained about being charged €526 for lunch in a restaurant close to St Mark's Square as "cheapskates".

Luigi Brugnaro, who has a reputation for plain speaking, said the tourists should have learnt Italian - and even some Venetian dialect - so they could have understood what was being delivered to their table. He made the remarks after Luke Tang, a university lecturer from Birmingham, said he and his 70-year-old parents were appalled to be presented with the hefty bill after eating at the Trattoria Casanova restaurant at the weekend.

Mr Tang (40) accused the waiters of taking advantage of the fact that neither he nor his parents spoke any Italian.

(© The Daily Telegraph)

Irish Independent

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