Status: 22/09/2023, 05:24 a.m.
By: Richard Strobl
A tourist surprised the innkeeper in a restaurant in Golfo Aranci in Sardinia. (Collage of symbolic images) © Collage: IMAGO / robertharding // IMAGO / NurPhoto
On holiday in Italy, a tourist surprised not only the innkeeper, but also the other restaurant guests: she released her 200-euro order in the sea.
Olbia – It sounds like a scene in a Hollywood movie, but the story apparently took place in Italy in the same way. Instead of eating a restaurant order for 200 euros, a tourist released a still alive lobster into freedom. However, the reaction of the restaurant owner is also surprising.
The story took place on the picturesque beach promenade of Golfo Aranci in the north of Sardinia. According to Ansa, an "elegant" Swiss woman who spent a holiday with her husband on the island visited one of the town's most prestigious restaurants. This is particularly famous for its seafood specialties, which the tourist was probably also after – at first.
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Because looking at the aquarium of the restaurant, where a lobster specimen moves, ready to be selected, weighed and cooked, the lady apparently changed her plan. According to the report, the woman no longer liked the idea of having the animal killed and then eaten at the sight. But she goes one step further: she decides to buy the animal, but then release it into the calm, blue sea off the coast of the coastal town.
"At first I thought she was joking," says one of Ansa's restaurant owners. Then, however, he understood that the lady was serious and that she "wanted to make a good gesture". And so the landlord was also convinced of the idea and agreed to the plan.
200-euro lobster released into the sea: Italy host is "moved"
He took the lobster out of the basin, weighed it in the kitchen and told the couple the price: the animal weighed just under two kilos – making around 200 euros in the restaurant. The price apparently did not pose a problem for the couple. And so the lobster was placed in a clear bucket and taken outside towards the sea and the couple's table.
Ansa reported the "incredulous eyes of the other guests" at the moment when the lady asked the innkeeper whether the animal could injure itself if she released it into the lagoon. After all, the lobster had to survive the throw from a fence into the shallow water of the beach promenade in order to get to freedom. When this was denied, the tourist took action, stroked the animal briefly and then let it slide into the water. Her husband filmed the scene with his mobile phone. The animal immediately ran away and took refuge.
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"I was also moved by seeing their joy and emotion," the landlord told the Italian news agency afterwards. He continued, "She was very happy and thrilled that she was able to make this wish come true, and we could understand it."
Sardinia also attracted the attention of many tourists because of surprising and severely punished offenses, which can easily affect holidaymakers. (rjs)