No receipt required...
I usually catch some flack from readers when I post something like this but I just thought this was so typical of our experiences here in Italy…a lot depends on who you know and how well you know them.
We met a friend who is an officer of the Questura for coffee this week. The Questura is a police office and our friend is a law enforcement officer. There is a bar near the Questura and Valerie and I went in with our friend for a coffee and a chat. While we were in there, the head of the local immigration office and several other Questura officers came and went and I also noticed a Corpo Forestale officer in there.
While our friend was distracted and talking to another officer I took the opportunity to pay for the coffees, as with many Italians it can be a game to see who pays. The girl behind the counter took my money and gave me my change, no receipt. No scontrino…not even an attempt to give me one before she went back to serving the next law enforcement official that entered the bar.
Today we went to the restaurant of a friend here in the centro storico to say good-bye before our trasferimento and the only other table was occupied by the chief of police for Ascoli and his party. As has happened every other time we have eaten there we paid our friend cash, he put it in his pocket and again no scontrino. All in clear view of the police chief!!
Getting a receipt is prudent when you are in a heavy tourist area but as I’ve mentioned before, when you are out amongst the Italians I really wouldn’t worry about it. The benefits of “la vita provinciale”.