As the bidders lined up for Alitalia on Monday - there were 11 in total - an intrepid journalist at Reuters digging into their backgrounds found to his surprise that a humble Italian school teacher had sneaked his way onto the shortlist.
The teacher, Fabio Scaccia, described his fake plan to buy Alitalia as a "citizen's protest". "I've followed the Alitalia crisis for the past 20 years," the 46-year-old told Reuters. "I wanted to show that a company like Alitalia should not be allowed to remain in a state of crisis for so long," he said.
Scaccia joined the list with bidders like Texas Pacific and leading Italian bank UniCredit.
I think it is safe to predict that this will not be the last left field story to emerge from the Alitalia sale process. Some would say the entire Alitalia saga has more than a touch of a Feydeau farce about it.