A luxury Italian hotel has been forced to apologize after it covered a bikini-clad woman in chocolate as part of a dessert buffet – with a teenage girl among the guests left with a sour taste from the “disgusting” display.
Federico Mazzieri said he and his 14-year-old daughter were staying at the Voi Colonna Village in Sardinia when a female employee was slathered in chocolate syrup and made to lie on a table of dessert offerings for at least 30 minutes.
The HR manager shared a photo to his LinkedIn, writing of his and his daughter’s disgust at the hotel treating “the female body as an object.”
“Last night, after a beautiful day in which many people worked hard to ensure that the many guests had a carefree day, I was speechless to see this scene,” Mazzieri wrote, according to a translation by The Telegraph.
The guest expressed instant “dismay” at the sight, which his teenage daughter found “disgusting,” he said
“How can such behavior exist … where the body of a woman, an employee, is considered equal to a dish just to satisfy someone’s wandering eyes?” Mazzieri complained.
When he asked to speak with hotel management, the staff reportedly brushed him off and claimed the dish was actually a “chocolate statue,” he claimed.
After his post sparked outrage, the hotel responded by offering “you, your family, and in particular your daughter, as well as our customers, the most sincere apologies on behalf of all management.
“We deeply regret the incident. … We are taking immediate action to address this incident constructively and to ensure that no customer should feel offended in any way in the future,” it added.