Italian Wins Lawsuit Over Coffee Price
Meddle with an Italian's cappuccino and expect a furious froth.
Since the 2002 introduction of the euro currency, Italians have grumbled about pricey pears and groused over costly cucumbers. But when a cafe rounded up the price of the morning Java, it proved too much to bear.
In the first ruling of its kind, a justice of the peace found that a cafe in a seaside town near Rome overcharged a retired man 23 euro cents for his liquid breakfast after the currency conversion. The coffee bar was ordered to refund the price increase - about 30 U.S. cents - plus the man's legal costs.
The decision raises the prospect of a flood of similar lawsuits.
"The cappuccino's vendetta!" the Codacons public-advocacy group declared in a celebratory statement. Thousands more citizens want to file complaints, the group said.