Rome Police Accused Of Taking Bribes In Form Of Ice Cream, Free Meals

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In Rome’s famous tourist spots, Roman police have been accused of waving off the restaurant owners and the ice-cream parlors of the regular health inspections.

Written By Pragya Puri | Mumbai | Updated On:

In some of Rome’s famous tourist spots, the Roman police have been accused of waving off the restaurant owners and the ice-cream parlours of the regular health inspections. The police officials ask for a bribe in the form of ice-cream and a plate of pasta in return for the favour. 

Police officials seek leverages from restaurants 

The gastronomic graft was reported from the best Roman tourist spots like Trevi Fountain and Spanish steps. Three police officials are under investigation for not reporting the irregularities about the restaurants and the parlour. The police officials in return demanded a bribe in the form of scoops of gelato, plates of spaghetti alla carbonara and free of cost meals. The police officials also suppressed information regarding the hygiene controls due to which the food outlets could have suffered heavy fines. 

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Police officials take bribes in the form of ice-cream and pasta

The three police officers belong to the local city police. They are regarded as ‘vigili’ officers of the city police who wear white shirt and white-domed helmets. They have warm relationships with the owners of the ice-cream parlour, restaurants and bars which are located in and out the  Trevi Fountain, in Campo de’ Fiori, which is a historic piazza and also at the bottom of the Spanish Steps. One of the local newspapers reported that the police officials warned the restaurant owners in advance. It further wrote that one of the officers received a free dinner and was promised two more meals. Another police officer had the privilege of buying free ice-creams from an ice-cream parlour at his own convenience.  

The lawyer of the police officers seemed confident and said, that the whole affair can be justified in a court of law. 

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The ice-cream thief 

In an inexplicable video shared on Twitter, a man was caught on camera stealing a vanilla ice-cream during an ice-hockey match. The video was shared on social media, the netizens were shocked at the same time amused after watching the video. The hilarious video shows an ice-cream ‘thief’ during the ice hockey game. An ice-hockey fan named Weston Davis stealthily took the vanilla ice-cream cone from another fan, who was talking to his friend. Davis took a bite from the ice-cream and made an attempt to return it back. However, once the fan started looking for his ice-cream, Davis decided to walk away with the ice-cream before he got caught. Even though Davis managed to safely sneak out of the place, little did he know that he was captured in a live television broadcast.

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