Friday, June 06, 2008


There I was sitting innocently at work this morning when the doorbell went and I opened it to a policeman in full, gleaming uniform:

"You have an election poster in the window?" he asked.
"Yes", I replied. [My boss is a candidate in the forthcoming municipal elections.]
"It will have to come down", said he.
[I glanced at his gun and decided not to argue.] "OK, but I am only an employee. I'll call her immediately". [Boss "unreachable".]
"Would you like to take it down yourself?" I asked.
"I'm not allowed to touch it, signora".
I could see that he was not just going to leave so promised to take the poster down immediately and we shook hands.

Now, there are laws in Italy about where you can and can't put election posters and I can see that advertising space has to be paid for. However, as boss pointed out later, these are her premises and it does seem a little illogical that the police can't touch the poster for precisely that reason, yet can tell her what she can and can't display in her own window!


jmb said...

I'm afraid I don't understand this at all. Is it illegal on your own premises? Perhaps he did not know that she owned the school. Another Italian idiosyncrasy.

Nunyaa said...

One would think you would be able to display the poster as it was her property. How odd a law.

James Higham said...

Have to smile at this - it would be lovable if it weren't so annoying.

Anonymous said...

hmmm..I don't like this a bit. I wonder why no one fights this law? Is it futile?

Unknown said...

There is logic in there somewhere - but I am still looking :-)

CherryPie said...

This is the sort of thing that annoys me a lot!

Indigo-Daisy said...

From what I remember living in Italy, there is not always logic to Italian politic. I was on a train once going form Venice back to Florence and they just decided to go on strike for about 3 hours. Never knew the reason.. for all I know they just wanted a break. And it wasn't just that one time, they were always going on strike form a few hours to a few days.

jams o donnell said...

Hmm Welshcakes that does strike me as a little absurd.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Ciao a tutti and sorry for the late reply. It does seem crazy but this is Italy!


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