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€750 bench: Madrid's most costly real estate

Alex Dunham · 15 Oct 2013, 10:43

Published: 15 Oct 2013 10:43 GMT+02:00

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Spanish property rental portal Idealista has already taken down the amusing ad for a street bench in Madrid's upmarket Salamanca neighbourhood.

The "advertisers" managed to bypass the site’s quality control tests and uploaded a picture of a Spanish "banco" (which is the same as the Spanish word for a bank) with the following description: "Classic structure, wooden and metal finish, a housing style that’s proving to be a hit in Greece, Portugal and Italy".

Although the ad may have come across as a simple prank to most readers, the perpetrators were looking to denounce Madrid’s strict new bylaws, one of which makes beggars pay €750 ($1,000) fines if they're caught asking for money.

"It’s disgraceful that people sleeping rough are being fined," prankster Íñigo Andiarena told the Spanish edition of The Huffington Post.

"If you get a €750 fine for begging, sleeping rough on the street bench is just as expensive as a luxury flat in the city.

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"We’ll carry on posting the ad on different rental sites to show that right now the highest rental costs in Madrid are for people sleeping on street benches: €750 for two square metres."

Alex Dunham (alex.dunham@thelocal.com)

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