Coffee is nearly a religion in Italy, and even salaried workers feels entitled to get a break to have one, if not in a bar, at least at a vending machine.
Recently, however, the Italian Supreme Court dared to uphold the firing of an employee who had taken a coffee break during working hours.
It was a special case, a bank employee which had left the cashier unattended.
But the ruling gives anyway the idea of how much Italian society and sensitivities have changed. Just a decade ago, the outcome of the trial would have probably been different.
Not only there would have been much more indulgence for an inveterate Italian habit, but the firing of an employee was nearly always quashed by the Courts.