ROME (Reuters) - Italians generally love their mobile phones and often conduct love affairs over them. But they had better beware: using text messages to flirt with the unwilling can result in a fine.
A judge in the northern Italian town of Padua on Monday found a man who sent an unsolicited compliment by SMS guilty of harassment and fined him 300 euros (3,150 yuan), Italian news agency ANSA reports. "Since you appeared before my eyes I can't do anything but think of you," the man had written to a clerk while on lunch break, ANSA said. She took the offending SMS to the police.
Surveys show that Italians own more mobile phones and send more text messages per person than do the citizens of any other European country.