Italian ordered to pay 2,500 euros to charity over Ebola joke

Dublin, Oct 31 (IANS) An Italian man, arrested for making a joke about Ebola at Dublin airport, was ordered to pay 2,500 euros (3,130 dollars) to charity to avoid a criminal conviction, state broadcaster RTE reported Friday.

Roberto Binaschi, 56, wrote the words “Attenzione Ebola” on the lid of a disposable coffee cup as a joke with his daughter while on board a flight from Milan to Dublin Thursday, Xinhua reported.
The cup was disposed of but cabin crew spotted the wording on the lid, sparking an alert and resulting in his arrest. At Dublin District Court Friday, Binaschi apologised and said that he never intended to cause concern.