Fines issued for not erecting new sign

A tradesman in Aigio, in the Peloponnese, and a cafeteria owner in Athens, were fined 1,000 euros each on Monday for not displaying a sign informing customers they have the right to refuse to pay if they are not handed a receipt.

The new regulation, which came into effect over the weekend, allows customers to walk out without paying for goods and services, including food and drink, if they are not provided with a receipt and is part of the government’s efforts to crack down on tax evasion. The National Confederation of Greek Commerce (ESEE) on Monday proposed that store owners should put up another sign that reminds clients they face prosecution for theft if they leave the premises without paying.