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    Cash-strapped Rome Starts Claiming Trevi Fountain Coins



    ROME A sign of the times in Rome: The city's cash-strapped administration is eyeing the coins tossed by tourists into the celebrated Trevi Fountain.


    Previously swept up and handed over to Catholic charity Caritas, the coins, which can add up to as much as a million euros a year, will now be claimed by Mayor Virginia Raggi for projects to be decided by a city hall working group, according to local media reports Friday.


    Legend has it that anyone who lobs a piece of change into the nearly 300-year-old fountain while facing away from the Baroque masterpiece is guaranteed to return to the Eternal City.


    The tradition is as strong as ever following the landmark's restoration two years ago, and thousands flock there almost every day to see where Anita Ekberg took her famous dip in Federico Fellini's 1960 film La Dolce Vita.


    Collecting coins is not the council's only revenue stream from Rome's fountains: This summer, Raggi introduced on-the-spot fines for anyone tempted to emulate Ekberg by cooling off in the municipal waters.

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    What's the news? They have collected the coins every year. Cash-strapped or not...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    What's the news? They have collected the coins every year. Cash-strapped or not...
    The news is....
    Previously swept up and handed over to Catholic charity Caritas



    , the coins, which can add up to as much as a million euros a year, will now be claimed by Mayor Virginia Raggi for projects to be decided by a city hall working group, according to local media reports Friday.


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    Our factory was in trouble. Company president gave a pep talk. Everyone should think about ways to save money, but this is not a time to be counting paperclips!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilsonandson View Post
    Previously swept up and handed over to Catholic charity Caritas
    Believe it or not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilsonandson View Post
    The news is....
    Previously swept up and handed over to Catholic charity Caritas
    Yeah like fuck, more likely trousered by the eastern european petty criminals that infest the place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Yeah like fuck, more likely trousered by the eastern european petty criminals that infest the place.
    And shipped over to Cayman Islands (their favorite holiday resort)...

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    From world empire to scraping up loose change... US take note.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uncle junior View Post
    From world empire to scraping up loose change..
    Very limited world empire. Civilised only by the way of historic diffusion.

    Establishing historical revision is typical of a juxtaposed position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    Very limited world empire. Civilised only by the way of historic diffusion.

    Establishing historical revision is typical of a juxtaposed position.
    For those wondering what the fuck Jeff is babbling on about, it loosely translates to "Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah".

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    ^hey , i can sound smart too......

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    For those wondering what the fuck Jeff is babbling on about, it loosely translates to "Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah".
    He seems upset, he sent me a red with the same message.

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    All the more reason for an urgent no-deal escape from the EU before it starts to collapse in 2018

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