January 21, 2020

A Spiritual Trip, or...



A Spiritual Trip, or...
This trip did not go as planned. Image by Dan Ox via Flickr

A woman from Sverdlovsk Oblast is suing a tour organizer for swapping a trip to a cathedral with a visit to a distillery and its store. The original tour to Veliky Ustyug was supposed to include a tour of the city with a visit to a cathedral. As soon as the tour began, however, the guide announced that instead of visiting the church, they would visit a vodka distillery and its store.

The plaintiff is suing for moral compensation. She had planned the trip as a form of spiritual enrichment for her child, and so was not satisfied with the new destination. The woman also complained that the trip began earlier than planned, and that she did not find the bus very comfortable.

In her case, the woman asked the court for R107,700  (approximately $1,765) for moral damages. The court ultimately decided that the tour organizer had to pay her 3,000 rubles (about $50). In addition, the tour organizer had to pay a R1,500 fine.

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