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orbitz
10-05-2012, 05:08 PM
article (http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/05/14235787-snacking-tourists-fined-after-rome-declares-war-on-the-sandwich?lite)

Starting Oct 1, it'll be illegal to eat food on or around the monuments in Rome. You could potentially be fined anywhere from $32 up to $650.

I think only in special cases will tourists actually be fined money though. Most of the time it will probably just be some policeman shooing people that are eating away. I like the idea.

l'etoile
10-05-2012, 06:40 PM
It's a great idea!

Lanie
10-05-2012, 06:57 PM
Sounds good to me and I usually think bans in general are ridiculous.

milanessa
10-05-2012, 07:24 PM
:blah: Might as well rope them all off and just let you look.

madm
10-05-2012, 07:35 PM
I can't think of any cases of people eating at U.S. monuments. Maybe the Roman monuments have fountains where it is relaxing to eat in the sun and listen to the soothing sounds of the water. I just can't imagine eating on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial or at Mount Rushmore. Picnicking on a nearby lawn maybe ...

Anyway, I agree with the ban as eating detracts from the viewing experience at a monument.

vesperholly
10-05-2012, 08:09 PM
That's just ridiculous. The Spanish Steps are just STAIRS, and there are benches all around the Trevi Fountain. Are you just supposed to stare reverently and move on? :blah:

Seems to me like the real problem is littering. Eat carefully and throw away your garbage. Let's hope it's just a common-sense thing and they'll use the law for the real troublemakers.

Nan
10-05-2012, 08:33 PM
Seems to me like the real problem is littering. Eat carefully and throw away your garbage.

Yes, fine for littering, not eating.

Rob
10-05-2012, 09:46 PM
It says you can eat while walking, but not while sitting. Does that mean you can eat while walking up the Spanish Steps? You could drip or drop just as easily while walking.

Eating on the step of the Lincoln Memorial :lol: http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM6NGM_Lincoln_Memorial_In_The_Line_of_Fire_Washin gton_DC

milanessa
10-05-2012, 09:58 PM
You could drip or drop just as easily while walking.


Probably more easily.

BigB08822
10-06-2012, 02:32 AM
I think only in special cases will tourists actually be fined money though. Most of the time it will probably just be some policeman shooing people that are eating away. I like the idea.

:lol: I read this too quickly and thought you said it would probably "just be some policeman SHOOTING people..."

I was like, well, geez, that doesn't seem any better than a fine!

orbitz
10-06-2012, 02:44 AM
Well, I think shooting will definitely get the message across quicker than shooing :lol:.

talulabell
10-07-2012, 07:15 AM
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Eating on the step of the Lincoln Memorial :lol: http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM6NGM_Lincoln_Memorial_In_The_Line_of_Fire_Washin gton_DC

I thought of that very scene! I'm pretty sure there is an ice cream/snack vendor cart (several?) at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial steps.

Aussie Willy
10-08-2012, 02:48 AM
:lol: I read this too quickly and thought you said it would probably "just be some policeman SHOOTING people..."

I was like, well, geez, that doesn't seem any better than a fine!
:lol: I would like to see that.