Thursday, September 28, 2006
Piracy in Venice
I have seen open piracy of goods in many parts of Europe, but Venice is just amazing. Guys with Gucci imitations load their stuff into blue wastebin liners and sell them openly on the street. When the police stroll buy they put their merchandise into the bin liners and wait a few minutes. Everyone, including the police, know what is going on. Once the expensive shops, west of St Mark's Square, close for the evening, these traders sit outside the Gucci & Prada shops selling their copies by pointing to the genuine article in the window.