A cafe in Florence has been fined €1,000 after an angry customer called the police to complain about the price of a hot drink.
The Ditta Artigianale café-bar in Florence was sanctioned on Monday for not displaying the price of a cup of coffee on its counter.
A customer had called the local police, annoyed that a cup of decaffeinated coffee cost €2.
According to Ditta Artigianale, the coffee in question came from a Mexican plantation and had been “prepared with great care by baristas”.
In Italy, the average price of an espresso is around €1, although many bars have raised their prices this year.
The bar owner said he was ‘ready to pay for my mistakes’ but criticized the law and the fine, saying the price had been displayed on a digital menu.
“I believe that with everything served in bars today, this law has so much absurdity and should be changed, otherwise 99.9% of bars and restaurants would easily be wrong”, Francesco Sanapo writes on facebook.
The Ditta Artigianale coffee bar is well known in the Tuscan town and has won several competitions for its coffee making.