15 May 2011

Size of ham provokes slice of action

10:04 am on 15 May 2011

Four people have been hospitalised in Italy after a dispute over how thick a supermarket was cutting its slices of ham.

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

A scuffle involving the shop assistant's father, as well as the woman's husband and two sons, broke out.

The police were called and three ambulances had to take the assistant, the disgruntled shopper and her husband to hospital, where they were treated for their bruises.

The shopkeeper's father was also hospitalised, after feeling ill.