Hot waiting room costs Sicilian hospital €2m gift

Aug 08, 2015 540

An Italian-American philanthropist wanted to donate €2 million to a hospital in Ragusa, Sicily, but left before writing a cheque after being forced to wait too long in a sweaty waiting room. The would-be benefactor, Pippo Giuffrè, was hoping to donate the money to the new Giovanni Paolo II hospital.

However, when he went to meet the general manager of the regional health authority, Maurizio Aricò, in order make the donation, he was put in a waiting room while the health authority's lawyer was sent for. Not happy with being made to wait, Giuffrè slipped out the back door.

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