13 Novembre 2017

Venetians say sorry for mayor’ s mockery of tourist

A group of Venetian activists have apologised to a British tourist on behalf of the mayor after he called the visitor a “skinflint” for complaining about a ripoff restaurant bill. In an open letter titled “Not in our name”, the April 25 group said: “We Venetian citizens address our apologies to British citizens for this lack of respect.” The tourist, Luke Tang, 40, a university lecturer from Birmingham, was so incensed at being charged £463 for a meal with his parents at a Venice restaurant that he wrote a letter of complaint to Luigi Brugnaro, the mayor, claiming waiters at Trattoria Casanova, near St Mark’ s Square, had brought dishes they had not ordered and took advantage of his not speaking Italian. Mr Brugnaro dismissed the complaint and said that Mr Tang should have learnt Italian before visiting, paid without complaint and tipped. The April 25 group campaigns for sustainable tourism. It said that mocking Mr Tang “may give the impression that this is common practice in Venice” and that the mayor “can therefore no longer speak in our name”. It added: “We can hardly imagine the mayor of London treating foreign visitors the way our mayor did.” Codacons, an Italian consumer group, demanded that the mayor resign over the incident.

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