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Re: Wow.. I need some advise here...

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Originally Posted by John Rudolf View Post
I think that this post is a bit of a general overstatement. The Italian legal system is no different than anywhere else in the world but you need to get accustomed to the Italian way of doing things! ;-)

where is your brother selling the restaurant?
Firenze - and from everything my sister told me over the course of more than 30 years, it isn't an overstatement. It is an endemically corrupt society - much like the stereotypes of Latin American countries.

She had endless stories about ordinary life and business activities that would draw serious jail time here - they were the accepted norm there. Not bribing cops & judges but God help you if you needed renovations approved for occupancy and didn't know who to "deal with". All business skimmed their cash before declaring for tax purposes. Everyone cheated on currency controls. Unless they factor the underground economy into GDP and employment figures, the Italian economy is about 40% larger than published figures - that's how much cheating goes on.

Note: my sister had our values about this sort of thing so I believed her - she only participated in it out of necessity - it went against her nature.
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