David Cameron No Tip No Problem - Italian Barmaid
PRESS ASSOCIATION -- A barmaid has made a name for herself, but no tip, after telling Prime Minister David Cameron he could carry his own cappuccino during his Tuscan holiday breakfast.
Francesca Ariani was alone and swamped with customers on Sunday when Mr Cameron came up to the bar's counter and ordered two cappuccini and a coffee for himself, his wife and someone else, according to the barmaid's boyfriend, Jody Ceruti.
He said that Ms Ariani told Mr Cameron he would have to carry the beverages to an outdoor table himself. And Mr Cameron did, first carrying the cappuccini, then the coffee.
Mr Cameron paid the 3.10 euro (£2.70) bill at the cashier's, but left no tip. Mr Ceruti shrugged off British media claiming that Mr Cameron had snubbed Ms Ariani. Not tipping when you serve yourself is "very normal by us," he said.
Ms Ariani said it was probably better that she did not know who Mr Cameron was when he was placing his order.
"It would have made it difficult for me," she said in a telephone interview, because other customers wouldn't have been served if she had given the Camerons special treatment. "When we can, we do wait on the tables, but we usually don't," given short staffing, she said.
The Tuscan countryside in summer swarms with British tourists.