Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Restaurant Freeloader Nabbed!

ANSA) - Rome, October 26 - A woman who makes a habit of refusing to pay for lavish meals has been banned from Rome .
The 40-year-old from Viterbo got her marching orders when she flatly turned down pleas for cash after a 360-euro fish lunch in one of Rome's most chic restaurants. Staff called the police as the woman sat back to digest a heap of shrimps, cuttlefish and glazed gilthead in a swish eatery on the capital's famed Via Veneto.
In a bid to justify her actions, the woman stressed that she never preyed on less expensive restaurants or trattorias. But the argument didn't go down too well .
She promptly received a 'foglio di via' - an order to get out of Rome, and stay out.
Personally, I'm always a little surprised that more people DON'T walk out of restaurants without paying. That observation usually makes me a little more positive about human nature.

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