Italian man axes new Fiat after it fails to start

Italian man axes new Fiat after it fails to start
The driver had bought the new Fiat 500 just days earlier. Fiat 500 photo: Shutterstock
Drivers all get frustrated when their car won't start, but a man in northern Italy was so angry when his new Fiat 500 wouldn't get going that he decided to smash it up with a pickaxe.

In the process, the 34-year-old from Lissone, north of Milan, smashed a back window, ripped off one of the wing mirrors and hit the car over 100 times, Corriere della Sera reported.

Alarmed neighbours called the police, who arrived and waited for a few minutes until the driver stopped hitting the Fiat.

When approached by a police officer, the man handed over the pickaxe. The driver was accompanied to hospital, while the car taken to a mechanic’s, Corriere said.

A similar incident in southern Italy happened last year, when a restaurateur in Salerno allowed a group of Russian customers to smash up his car with a sledgehammer. The tourists reportedly left a tip of “a few hundred euros” and promised to return.

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