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Tourist ‘kidnaps’ currency exchange worker in Venice

An Israeli tourist is facing kidnapping charges after allegedly holding a worker at the bureau de change in Venice hostage.

The man was angry over the amount of euros he received in exchange for $100 USD ($146.60 AUD) and tried to cancel the exchange before allegedly closing the shutters of the booth and preventing the woman from leaving, according to the Guardian.

The ordeal took place near the Rialto Bridge and lasted around half an hour after the woman managed to call the police who arrested the 46-year-old man.

Reports indicate the woman was “dismayed and frightened”.

Venice has copped its fair share of badly behaved tourists this year, with two German backpackers fined for making coffee on a travel cooker on the steps of the Rialto Bridge, two Czech visitors were caught skinny dipping nearby St Mark’s Square and a South American man headbutted and punched a gondolier.

The city also recently announced a new day-tripper tax, which may be as high as  €10 ($16AUD) at peak season.

The tax, which was set to be introduced last May but was delayed, has been labelled a “contribution for access” by the Venice council and is expected to be rolled out on 1 July 2020.

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