Wives seething with anger over skimpy outfits in Italian cafe
Wives in a small Italian town have banned their husbands from visiting a local cafe where a busty barmaid serves drinks in skimpy outfits.Updated: Feb 24, 2012 17:49 IST
Wives in a small Italian town have banned their husbands from visiting a local cafe where a busty barmaid serves drinks in skimpy outfits.
After eight years of running a bar in Bagnolo Mella, Italy, Laura Maggi suddenly found men beating a path to her door not for the quality of her coffee and aperitifs, but because she had started appearing for work in highly revealing outfits.
Hundreds of male customers flocked to Le Cafe day and night, leaving their cars double-parked in the surrounding streets. Congestion became such a problem that the lady mayor announced she was considering an emergency bylaw to limit traffic in the area.
Now, women in the small northern Italian town have declared Le Cafe out of bounds to their menfolk and the 34-year-old has become a national celebrity.
Maggi was a guest on the Italian equivalent of This Morning on Wednesday.
“I don’t see what the problem is – it’s just a bit of harmless fun,” the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.If the guys come here what can I do?I know I have upset the women but that’s not my problem.It’s not my fault if guys want to come and have a drink in my bar,” she said.
She added that some customers were travelling up to 70 miles just to have a coffee in her bar.The walls of Le Cafe are filled with pictures of Maggi in a bikini on holiday.
She has 5,000 new friends on Facebook while a local poll found that 46 percent of respondents said partners of her male customers should be “asking themselves why their partners prefer Laura to them”.
Several wives from the town have been on TV to complain.“It is outrageous and should not be allowed,” one wife said.
“This town is quiet and respectable. Now we are known across the whole country because of the little amount of clothing this barmaid is wearing to serve drinks.The women in town are not very happy and we have complained to the council,” she said.
Bagnolo’s mayor Cristina Almici confirmed that she has been receiving complaints about the bar.
“We have received several complaints from women about the bar and we are looking at what we can do with regard to public order,” Almici said.
“There has been a huge influx of traffic into the town since the news of Laura started to spread and this has led to incidents of bad parking and some minor acts of vandalism.
“We can’t stop people from going to her bar and I know it is very popular with men in the town – personally I don’t see any problem with how she looks or dresses.
“If anything, it’s the men who go there who have a problem.My husband is certainly not allowed to go there,” she added.
First Published: Feb 24, 2012 13:02 IST