Sunday 29 January 2012

Market traders told to be quiet in Málaga


There is upset in the fruit, vegetable and fish markets in Málaga, following a new Town Hall bylaw which prohibits stall holders singing out their prices. The Town Hall says it will be issuing 300 € fines. In fact there has been a regulation in force since 1985, although ignored since then, which prohibits ‘crying the nature or price of the merchandise, or calling purchasers to buy’. New regulations also demand that 65% of stalls in all the city’s markets sell fresh produce, and the opening hours must be 0830-1430, although that can be extended voluntarily by half an hour before and after. Traders are complaining mainly about not being able to sign out their products ‘That’s been something very normal in the markets of Spain’, said one.