An argument that turned violent over a ham slice landed four people in hospital. Reports from Italian news agency ANSA say that the dispute broke out over the thickness of a supermarket’s ham slices.

The row broke out

when a 50-year-old woman who was shopping in Livorno protested that the ham slices being cut by a counter assistant were too thick.

She scuffled with the shop assistant’s father as well as the woman’s husband and two sons.

Police were eventually called and three ambulances had to be sent to the scene to pick up the shop assistant, the disgruntled ham shopper, and her husband, all of whom suffered bruises.

The shopkeeper’s father was also hospitalized for feeling faint due to the incident.