Row over ham lands four in hospital

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Four people needed hospital treatment in Italy after a dispute over the thickness of a supermarket's ham slices turned violent.

The row broke out when a 50-year-old woman shopping in the Tuscany town of Livorno protested that the ham slices being cut by a counter assistant were too thick.

A scuffle unfolded involving the shop assistant's father as well as the woman's husband and two sons, reports the ANSA news agency.

Police were called and three ambulances were also sent to the scene.

The shop assistant, the disgruntled ham shopper and her husband all suffered bruises and were treated in hospital.

The shopkeeper's father was also hospitalised after feeling ill, the news agency said.