The Italian Almanac

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Italian News - November 2

A woman in her 80s attempted to rob a bank in Genoa yesterday after being refused a loan of 2,000 to "help make ends meet".

The woman, who had an account at the bank, pulled out a kitchen knife after being told she could only borrow a smaller sum. According to the news agency Ansa, when the manager intervened, the woman waved the knife at him and chased him around the bank.

After police were called, she said she was widowed 10 years ago and the pension left by her engineer husband was no longer sufficient. Police filed charges but she was not arrested.