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Old 03-23-2012, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Fort Collins, USA
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Only twice (and I've visited about 25 countires). Both on the same trip in the same place - Nairobi in 1990. First we were forced to check our bags which we normally carried on with us in Athens. In all the arguing and chaos, at the gate we forgot to remove our camera. It never made it to the baggage carousel in Nairobi (we lost some other things to but they didn't have nearly as much of an impact). The airline (Alitalia) never reimbursed us for the theft because they only cover lost luggage (not pilferage).

Later my wife was the victim of a fanny pack snatching while we were walking down a street in downtown Nairobi. There were two men and they came around either side of her and managed to break the strap. They got her contact lenses and and about $20 US in local currency.

But I still loved our visit to Kenya, although the replacement camera we bought was nowhere near as nice as the one that was stolen (and out photos reflected that).
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Old 03-23-2012, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Fort Collins, USA
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Oops. I forgot the pickpocketing in Lisbon on a tram (also in 1990). All I had in my wallet was some local currency. But it wasn't a normal pickpocketing - there were undercover policeman on the tram and the quickly arrested the pickpocketers and spirited us all off to the local police station. The police kept asking me (in Portuguese which I barely understood) how much money I had in my wallet but I couldn't remember. So they ended up giving me all of the money they confiscated from the thieves. Oddly enough I may have come out ahead in the deal. Months later I got a letter from the Lisbon police that I believe was a summons to testify in the trial.
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Old 03-23-2012, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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We were in Las Vegas...hubby felt something bump against him...it was a child trying to pick his pocket....he grabbed his arm and the child tried to take off....hubby let him go, but now carries his wallet in his FRONT pocket! This happened in a casino, where kids aren't supposed to be, anyway!
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Old 03-23-2012, 06:51 PM
 
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Thankfully, no.

But once in California I was accused of shoplifting a tee shirt, for goodness sake. A tee shirt? Of course, I DID NOT shoplift, and told the stupid employee as much (and a few other words).
Although frustrated, there were no consequences and I left peacefully.
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Old 03-24-2012, 06:06 PM
 
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Got pick-pocketed by street people in Rome once. I'd been warned they were likely to be there. They got one kleenex - used.
Rome and Madrid are two Southern European capitals noted for pickpocketing...whether on their metros or on their public squares. I saw a purse-snatching on Plaza Major in Madrid, and I've never seen a guy run so fast...he eluded the police.

I've avoided two potential problems:

1) Naples, Italy - I was sitting at a crosswalk with a backpack and a teen with a scooter stopped right in front of me, asking for a light. His friend pulled right up behind him. I figured they were going for my backpack ...not much in it but beach stuff that day. He asked me for a light. When I answered him in Italian "I don't smoke, and I'm in a hurry," they looked surprised and rode off.

2) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - I was sitting on a public bus at the base of the statue of Christ the Redeemer. I got in and there were two locals sitting there, seemingly kind of edgy. I asked myself what they were doing at the base of a tourist destination. I broke the silence by asking the conductor in the local language "Can you let me know when we intersect the Metro line entrance?" Again, they just got up and left. That was even weirder.
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Old 03-24-2012, 06:08 PM
 
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Oops. I forgot the pickpocketing in Lisbon on a tram (also in 1990).
Must have been Tram 28 or Tram 15. The first one does all the hills and covers the major tourist attractions. The second one goes to Belem. The 28 gets crowded.
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Old 03-24-2012, 06:47 PM
 
Location: "The Gorge"
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I have had 2 pick pocket attempts. In Barcelona, heading to the metro down a flight of stairs we were the only 2 people going down and 1 person heading up. Another person entered the stairwell headed up. She shouted "PICK POCKET", he threw down a hairbrush from my back pack and ran off.

Another time was the Trevi Fountain in Rome, urchin Roma kids attempted to lift my camera from my back pack but the crowd alerted us to what was happening.

Before Trevi we were at the Colosseum watching the Roma kids around 8-10 years old work their marks, it was quite a show.

Once in Chiang Mai a guest house staff short changed me when I paid for my room.
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Old 03-24-2012, 07:32 PM
 
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Another time was the Trevi Fountain in Rome, urchin Roma kids attempted to lift my camera from my back pack but the crowd alerted us to what was happening.

Before Trevi we were at the Colosseum watching the Roma kids around 8-10 years old work their marks, it was quite a show.
You do realize that a lot of the Rome pickpocket work is carried out by "gypsies?" They are trained in that art as youngsters. The Madrid purse snatcher was clearly NOT a Spaniard.
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:31 AM
 
Location: "The Gorge"
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You do realize that a lot of the Rome pickpocket work is carried out by "gypsies?" They are trained in that art as youngsters. The Madrid purse snatcher was clearly NOT a Spaniard.
You realize "Roma" is a term used to describe, gypsies. Roma (Romani subgroup) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

How do you deduce from my post that the Barcelona pick pocket was not Spaniard? I never made any assertion of their nationality. One might deduce that he was Spaniard, however it is irrelevant.
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Old 03-27-2012, 04:26 AM
 
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I found the houskeeper asleep in my bed at around 1030 am. Was kind of odd, she then offered a "Favor" if I didnt report it. She was just creepy...I immediatly checked out.
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