Expensive panino

on Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Tusa Sicily - British tourist overcharged for simple sandwiches.

About a week ago a British tourist was visiting the small village of Tusa, population of 3,200, which is on the island of Sicily along the northern coast. For three sandwiches and drinks the bill came to 43 euros, listing the sandwiches at 10 euros each. The bar did not have posted a price list, which they are SUPPOSED to have posted and visible by the public. In my area, sandwiches on average are max 5 euros, give or take a few euro cents.

The mayor of Tusa has apologized to the tourists on behalf of the city.

If you do come to Italy to visit and go out to each, make sure you check your bill before you pay. Mistakes can and do happen. But also unfortunately there are a few bad apples in every bunch. But also to make sure that you are not taken advantage of. Bars and restaurants here are supposed to have posted in a visible place their price lists.

Story from www.ansa.it

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14 comments:

DEVA girl said...

Good advice for travelers that should be heeded no matter what country. Some of us just ASSUME we are getting the correct change (especially when we have no idea the conversion!)

Ann said...

Deva, it's always a good thing to count your change after any transaction, especially in a foreign country, yes. But just as important to look over the bill BEFORE paying.

J.Doe said...

Tourist everywhere are easy targets. I('m glad they took it to the mayor and got an apology.

Ann said...

That they are, especially the people that have tourist practically tattooed on their forehead. It is rather rude and unethical to take such advantage though, even with the rudest/most obnoxious tourist on the planet. What goes around comes around though. The shopkeeper looking to make a quick and easy buck/euro, in the long run are they better off?

Kittie said...

I thought that French people were the best in that matter. (I saw an expresso charged 7 euros in Corse!)
Ok...Italian people "take the cake"
:D

Ann said...

kittie, your comments reminds me of something. Mainly in the big cities like Milan or Rome, if you sit down at a bar tow have a coffee, you are going to be charged a heck of a lot more compared to if you stand at the bar. You pay for the service of the waiter/waitress. A coffee is normally about 85 euro cents can become 4 euros, depending on the bar. Majority of the time, when I've been in Milan, I've seen it is usually the tourists who are the ones sitting enjoying their overpriced cappuccinos. If you love your cappuccino and don't want to spend an arm and a leg, have it standing at the bar. You'll save about 3 eurosish.

Irtiza said...

hey ann,

the 1st thing that came to my mind when i first saw this post- " i m hungry"

ya tourists r easy tergets everywhere. but people should realise that they represent their country and any bad or inapropriate behaviour will go against their country.

the mayor did a very nice thing.

i m hungry...bye...tc

atomicvelvetsigh said...

yay! that's expensive.. reminded me on my short stay in paris.. the food are all great but you have to be wise on where to get what.. 8)

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Babette said...

We visited Italy this summer and went to Rome, Florence and Venice. Eating in Italy can be very expensive but worth it, in my opinion. I always look for the price list and always ask how much everything is before ordering. We only had one bad experience, the taxi we took to the termini in Rome took us for a ride so we paid double the cost of a regular trip.

satollo said...

great said by irtisa: people represent their country, but, specially in some countries (like italy - and I'm italian) people often represent ont their money bag...

Ann said...

I agree, that people represent their country, when they are at "home" and also abroad. For example, if a loud American tourist is on vacation in Italy and the local people treat the tourist poorly because of the tourists behavior. Yes one could say the tourists deserved it, but at the same time the "poor treatment" the loud tourists received while on vacation will be remembered by said tourist. Do you think that that person will return to that country?

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