Some of Farrar’s lot were out spreading the gold in Italy when they ran into bottles of wine that were offensive.
Michael Hirsch, a lawyer from Philadelphia, complained to local media after he found a supermarket near his hotel was stocking wine bottles with Hitler in various poses and another bottle featuring an image of Pope John Paul II.
“It is very shocking and startling to us,” Mr Hirsch told The Daily Telegraph on Wednesday. “We would think of it as neo-Nazism It makes you wonder about the sympathies of the local people.”
One bottle features Hitler with his arm raised in the Nazi, another is labelled ‘Mein Kampf” and another was labelled “Ein volk, ein Reich, ein Fuhrer” (one people, one empire, one Fuhrer), Mr Hirsch said.
It doesn’t appear that the wine bottles have broken any laws, so the prosecutor wants a new one.
Prosecutor Mario Giulio Schinaia told news agency ANSA that inquiries were under way.
“The only crime that could be currently attributable to this is that of apologising for fascism,” prosecutor Mario Giulio Schinaia told Ansa. “At this point though it would be opportune to invent the crime of human stupidity”.
Human stupidity is probably not going to be on the statute books any time soon. Thought the Greens and labour give it a good crack as often as they can.