Mafia-free shopping in Palermo

“Why did you go to the police? Why didn’t you come to me first?” the memorable line was said by one of Hollywood’s most famous Mafia men: Don Corleone of The Godfather. But in some places, people really do skip over the police and head directly to the boss. Take Palermo, Italy where shopkeepers have for years paid the “Pizzo;” 200 to 500 euros paid monthly to Sicily’s Costa Nostra in order to avoid pesky occurrences like smashed windows and mysterious car bombs under cars outside of shops.

That might all change with Punto Pizzofree, a new shop which promises that all products and staff are 100% Mafia-free. What can you get at a Mafia-free store? Everything from marmalade to produce grown on farms seized from jailed Mafia bosses. But Mafia-free Palermo businesses can’t take a rest just yet; one member of Adiopizzo, an organization that supports shops who don’t pay up the Pizzo, lost £3 million in goods when mobsters burned down his warehouse.

[Via World Hum]