Shops and restaurants in Rome are protesting against rising energy prices by displaying utility bills

By: Trademagazin Date: 2022. 08. 29. 10:12

Electricity and gas bills are displayed in the shop windows of Rome’s shops and restaurants at the request of trade and consumer protection organizations, which want to protest the skyrocketing energy prices starting Monday.

Several providers joined the protest

Bars, restaurants, pizzerias, ice cream parlors, and clothing stores also joined the action called Put the bill in the window. The owner of one of the press rooms close to the Vatican told the daily newspaper Corriere della Sera that his monthly energy costs rose from slightly more than two thousand euros to almost seven thousand, while the number of guests did not increase at such a rate even in the summer season.

The owner of the restaurant overlooking the Roman Forum added: the bills displayed in the shop window serve to attract attention, so the guests also know that sooner or later the prices on the menu will have to be raised, although the restaurateurs have tried to avoid this so far.

More and more people are joining the joint action of the trade association Confcommercio-Fipe and the consumer protection organization Aduc. They also demonstrate by turning off the lights: one night, several restaurants lit the tables with candles in protest against the rise in energy prices.

According to the owner of the best-known delicatessen in the Italian capital, the shortage of products has reached a crisis level, and it is increasingly difficult to obtain, for example, imported mustard, glass bottles and metal caps.


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