Hapless tourists pay £54 for ice cream
Being on holiday is an expensive business, but if you're Roger Bannister (no, not that one), you'll be staying at home and having a Mr Whippy in the park from now on. On a recent trip to Rome, Roger, a company executive from Dudley, was charged £54 for four ice cream cones at a pavement cafe.
And it seems that the Rome tourist board is now getting righteously angry about it too, after local councillor Matteo Constantini witnessed the incident at the Antica Roma ice cream parlour near the Spanish Steps.
Poor Rodge, aware that sit-down prices could be astronomical, ordered the cones to take away. But even so, the bill still came to 64 euros.
'The cones had three flavours and a couple of wafers but if we wanted whipped cream that was another three euro on top each. How much would it have cost us if we had sat down?'
The owners of the cafe were typically bolshy about it, arguing that Roger had eyes and could read the prices on the menu and that he should just vaffanculo off back to Dudley if he didn't like it.
'We get this all the time,' they raved, probably putting a fag out in a tub of pistachio. 'We had a similar incident last week with a group of Spanish tourists but the prices are there in black and white. If they don't want the ice cream they can go somewhere else.'
Councillor Constantini offered to refund the tourists and vowed to do something about rip- off Rome, saying 'there needs to be tough action against these people.'
God, I could murder some ice cream now.