An Italian man walked 450 kilometres for a week after having an argument with his wife. He was fined €400 (Rs 35,700) for violating the lockdown rules.
Italy has imposed a nationwide curfew from 10 pm to 5 am in an effort to curb the second wave of coronavirus infections in the country.
Italians have nicknamed the unnamed 48-year-old “Forrest Gump” on social media.This title came into being after the hero of a 1994 movie of the same name who ran thousands of miles across the United States.
The man living in Como, in the far north of Italy on the Swiss border, managed to walk all the way to Fano – a small town on the Adriatic coast, about 450 kilometres (280 miles) south.
A week after he left his home, the Italian police stopped his long walk at 2 am in Fano, for breaching lockdown rules and fined him €400 (Rs 35,700). They could not believe that he could have walked so far. However, when they checked his ID, they found out that his wife had reported him as missing a week ago.
“I came here on foot, I didn’t use any transport,” he told the police, local media reported. He said, “Along the way, I met people who offered me food and drink”. “I’m OK, just a bit tired,” he said, having walked around 60 kilometres daily.
He admitted that he did not realise how far he had gone during his long walk to cool off his mind.
The man’s wife travelled to Fano to pick him up. The reports did not mention how the wife reacted after learning that he was fined €400.
Netizens said that man was heroic and criticised the fine. One user said that he should have been rewarded with a pair of shoes instead of being fined. Another user praised him for walking off to cool his anger instead of resorting to violence.