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A brush with the law

CarabinieroOur cleaning lady arrived today smiling as usual but evidently traumatised. She had quite an adventure to tell us about.

She had answered a brief call on her mobile just as she was passing the Carabinieri station of a small, sleepy town on her way to us.

The Carabinieri pursued her along the windy, bumpy country road and caught up with her at a railway crossing. She hadn’t realised they were after her.

They fined her €152 for using her phone while driving, and put 5 points on her licence. They told her that if she was caught doing the same thing again within 2 years she would automatically lose her licence.

They had apparently clocked 90 km an hour in their own vehicle and concluded therefore that she must have been doing more than that in her own. (Some feat on that stretch of road.)

They decided not to do anything about the speeding, warning her however that it would have entailed a €900 fine plus immediate loss of her licence.

We gave her a cup of tea with plenty of sugar. Clive later found a way of cheering her up a little. He said he would never accuse her of speeding during her work!

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  1. July 31, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Loved the cheering up method!

    • Damaris
      July 31, 2012 at 11:27 am

      She’s well used to Clive’s sense of humour 🙂

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