Waitress tells Cameron to get his own cappuccinos
British PM leaves no tip after Tuscan waitress gives him the brush-off
Holidaying prime minister David Cameron got a little taste of his Big Society - where everyone is encouraged to pitch in - when he was told by a brusque Italian waitress to carry his own drinks. Bartender Francesca Ariani failed to recognise the British PM and told him that she was too busy to bring his cappuccinos to his outside table.
Yesterday Cameron and his wife Samantha, who are on holiday in Tuscany with two other families, left the kids and popped out to the nearby town of Montevarchi for a coffee on the first morning of their two-week break. Samantha and a Downing Street aide grabbed an outside table at the Dolcenero café, overlooking a historic piazza, while the PM popped inside to order three coffees. The couple are pictured above at their table, without the aide.
Cameron asked the 27-year-old waitress if she would bring the drinks to his table when they were ready. However she told him that she was too busy and snapped that he would have to fetch them himself.
An apparently miffed Cameron - who is paying almost £6,000 for his family's share of the holiday accommodation - failed to leave a tip, despite paying the €3.10 (£2.71) bill with a €50 note. It is common in Italy to round up the bill and at least leave a few coins when buying a coffee.
Ariani told the Daily Telegraph that she was "really embarrassed" by the incident. "It was only later that I was told who they were". In her defence she said that she was the only person working in the cafe at the time and had explained this to Cameron. She was also a "bit surprised" that he left no tip, adding: "I'm told he's quite wealthy."
The waitress can be forgiven for not recognising Cameron, according to one television reporter, Giustino Bonci, who said "he looked like any other British tourist".
Bonci's quip will be disheartening for the PM who had, it seems, tried to dress like the locals by wearing no socks. Yet instead of sporting a stylish pair of Italian loafers for his day out in Montevarchi, Cameron donned his black work shoes. His outfit incurred the wrath of Daily Mail columnist Liz Jones. Cameron merely looked "hot and bothered", she said.
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