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Iconic tourist destination slugging visitors with a “tourist tax”

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The popular tourist destination of Venice has announced that they are going to start charging day-trippers a new tax from July 1</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">st</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, 2020.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The day-trip tax for tourists was announced about a year ago, but the implementation of the tax has been delayed as authorities argued about how it would be enforced.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, city officials have announced that while they’ll confirm the exact fee closer to the date, they will be charging between 3 and 10 euros ($AUD 4.90 to $16.30) a day for day-trip visitors.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Overnight tourists or visitors will be exempt as they already pay tax as a part of their accommodation fees.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are also exemptions to be expected for those visiting Venice to work, study or visit family. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As Venice is a canal city that’s been popular amongst tourists, the floating city is struggling under the weight of overtourism.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With more than 20 million people visiting the destination each year, this is a far cry of their estimated permanent population of 260,000.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Locals have even begun to protest the amount of tourists who come and visit Venice.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Venice local named Tommaso, who attended a </span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">protest at St Mark’s Square in June</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, said Venice’s lagoon has “never been so full”, leaving the city and locals at the “mercy of mass tourism”.</span></p>

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Woman issues warning after getting more than she bargained for in her Coles Caesar Salad

<p>An Australian woman has made a revolting discovery in her Caesar salad from Coles.</p> <p>Simone Solodchuck-Boston made a post to the Coles Facebook page outlining that she had bought two of the pre-made Coles Caesar salads and was mid-bite when she made an unfortunate discovery.</p> <p>“After enjoying most of one I noticed something strange hanging off my fork - turns out it was a slug,” she wrote.</p> <p>“The slug had been squashed and inadvertently been mixed through the salad so not sure how much I may have eaten,” she wrote to Coles.</p> <p>Solodchuck-Boston said that she was making the post public, as she had tried to alert those in store to what she had found but was hit with a roadblock.</p> <p>“I called Coles to let them know that maybe they should pull the rest off the shelf as slugs can contain a pretty nasty bacteria and parasites,” she wrote.</p> <p> “I was told they couldn't find the form they needed to fill out to take them off the shelf at the moment and they can't pull them off the shelf with out it.”</p> <p>Some commenters on the post saw the funny side to the matter.</p> <p>“On the other hand nothing says fresh like slugs still being in the salad,” one wrote.</p> <p><iframe src=";width=500" width="500" height="804" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>“Includes fork... apparently includes slugs too!” another commenter wrote.</p> <p>In a response to the post, Coles said that it was “disappointed to see this”.</p> <p>“We're sorry for the poor experience,” a Coles spokesperson wrote.</p> <p>Coles also spoke to Coles also spoke to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="" target="_blank">Yahoo News Australia</a><span> </span></em>about the incident, saying that the customer was contacted and the supermarket has followed up with the supplier of the Caesar salads to investigate the matter.</p> <p>“Coles takes the quality of all our products seriously,” the statement said.</p> <p>“As always we encourage customers to return any item, they’re not 100% happy with to their nearest store for a full refund or replacement.”</p>

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