‘Visit just looking (inside) €5 x person, thank you.’ That’s what the sign says at the entrance of Queviures Múrria, a historic deli in Barcelona that has been in business for over 100 years. Yes, you read that right: the owners have had enough of tourists overcrowding the deli for a picture without making any purchases.
As ridiculous as it may sound to some, the deli hasn’t actually charged anyone (yet). According to the deli manager, Toni Merion, the intention here isn’t to actually charge curious onlookers but to prevent peering tourists from disrupting the deli’s work and business.
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“Visit just looking (inside) €5 x person, thank you,” reads the new sign, reports the i.
Although no one has been charged as of yet, the number of tourists coming in just to snap a selfie has plummeted, according to shop manager Toni Merino.
“We have not charged any money from people who just want to come in and have a look, but that is not the point,” he told the i.
Barcelona has intoduced numerous policies to combat overtourism in recent years.
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One store in Barcelona, Spain, recently put up a sign for you.
If you happen to pass by Queviures Múrria, a historic deli and retail store, you’ll see a poster hanging in the window that reads, “Visit just looking (inside) €5 x person, thank you,” iNews reported.
As one of the oldest delis in Barcelona, Queviures Múrria sits inside a building with a 1920s facade that may make you feel like a time traveler thanks to the original mahogany furniture, fire-tinted glass, and a vintage clock, according to the Barcelona City Council. So it’s no wonder that tourists want a selfie inside.
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