Berlusconite politician caught slashing disabled man's tires


29 Responses to “Berlusconite politician caught slashing disabled man's tires”

  1. Would he have still done this if he had noticed the cameras? Anyway, I’m glad that they were able to use them to identify him after the crime.

  2. Mark_Frauenfelder says:

    “I made a mistake, but there are people who behave even worse.” The rallying cry of all Tea Party candidates

    • Brainspore says:

      The beauty of that excuse is that it works for all crimes up to and including genocide (as long as you don’t break the world record for genocide, in which case you probably will never have to face trial anyway).

      • EH says:

        It works until you run out of people who you think behave worse, at which point you start wondering who of your own are merely imperfect. Such is the suicidal trajectory of all fascisms.

    • Petzl says:

      C’mon, criticize TP candidates (rightly) for being simple-minded idiots, not for being amoral and depraved.

  3. info says:

    Snippet missing from this report, but included on Italian newspapers. The final comment of Piazza was: “So what if I had parked illegally? I have been parking like this for three years and nothing ever happened.”

    You may also want to notice that piazza’s car was a latest model Jaguar, while the disabled (missing one leg) man has a very basic small car, and he simply and politely called the traffic police, waiting for it to remove the offending vehicle. “I only use reserved parkings when absolutely needed, and my also disabled wife never does out of respect of those who need them most” he added.

    Oh, and about the “suspect of embezzlement” official… He was already found guilty of similar charges in 2001 and 2009. But he’s a personal friend of Berlusconi, so…

  4. Kimmo says:

    It seems privileged Italians tend to have a fairly insufferable degree of entitlement going on…

    Might be best just to put em all up against the wall and let Catholic Jesus sort em out.

  5. I guess CCTV DOES occasionally catch criminals.

  6. angusm says:

    At least he was faithful to the ethos of his party.

    • fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

      Are you sure? Wouldn’t having one of your harem of dubiously legal prostitutes slash the guy’s tires for you be more faithful to the example of the master?

    • emiliano bossi says:

      he was forced to resign, if it was up to him he’d still be in the office. his words. EDIT no wait i got the joke

  7. Vickie Kostecki says:

    Interesting that tax evasion is endemic in certain strata of Italian society, and they’re in dire financial straits. haven’t they been saying the same thing about Greece, that they have a culture of tax evasion as well? So it might not be 100% mismanagement & bank fraud that is causing the financial issues. 

  8. Ashen Victor says:

    “I made a mistake, but there are people who behave even worse.”

    Yeah, he didn’t shoot him in the face with a shotgun. Release him now!

  9. richard77 says:

     The icing on the cake is that according to some reports, he asked that particular parking spot to be reserved to disabled people, probably to be sure to found it free most of the time.
    And the other guy (the tax collector), had contracts with local authorities with a 30% share for him of collected taxes, but thanks to his greed the company failed even if the stole those 100M€.
    They the worse kind of evil, the incompetent one.

  10. Boris Bartlog says:

    ‘Italians who do pay taxes were shocked to learn of the arrest…’
    I might possibly believe that they were shocked by the *arrest*, but I can’t believe the *crime* would shock any Italian… my brother lives there and it’s not like Italians don’t know what’s going on.

  11. wibbled_pig says:

    Having lived in italy for 12 years, the only thing that shocks me is how little reaction there is to these sort of things.. a few weeks of polemics, then it’s back to business as usual.

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