In front of the most famous amphitheater of all times, there are always Romans dressed as gladiators who offer tourists to take pictures with them, for which the visitors are “forced” to pay afterwards. Often break out quarrels, even among the gladiators themselves, during which they use swear words. The famous figures who can be found near the Coliseum are now at the center of a new controversy. In a service by the Romanian TV Kanal D, the Roman actors are portrayed as fraudulent and quarrelsome.
The service shows a journalist who struggles with the rudeness and the not particularly kind tone of some centurions and gladiators who at first asked “only” 30 Euros for a picture, then, after the reporter pulled out of the pocket a wallet full of banknotes they shamelessly ask 100 euros. The journalist refuses, and the Romans snatched the money out of his hand.
Right afterwards arrive the insults; in the video one can hear rather unkind phrases addressed to the entire camera crew: “Shi**y Romanians!”, “Di**heads!”, “I’ll kick your a*s!”, shouted by a gladiator as he showed his private parts. After much insistence, a centurion gives back part of the money snatched from the journalist. Arrives the police, but it admonishes the journalists: “If you do not make a formal complaint, there is nothing we can do”.