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Pickpocketses

Postby Pyrrho » Tue Sep 09, 2014 5:13 am

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Pickpockets tend to hang out near ‘beware of pickpockets’ signs, because the first thing people do when they read it is check they still have their valuables, helpfully giving away where they are.
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Re: Pickpocketses

Postby Doctor X » Tue Sep 09, 2014 5:31 am

Pickpockets often work in teams do that the "picker" can dump the wallet quickly if detected.

One will even yell "pickpocket" and the like to get people to grab and reveal their wallets.

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Re: Pickpocketses

Postby Anaxagoras » Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:23 am

Never been pickpocketed but I have been targeted once in Hong Kong back when I was in the navy. I was sitting on a bench, I think I was waiting to take a ferry to Kowloon. These two older Chinese guys sat on each side of me and started talking to each other. I saw a third guy put a wallet in a newspaper and hand it to a fourth guy. I don't know whose wallet that was but I did grab my own wallet to make sure it was still there and then I got up and just got away from them.

Maybe the wallet thing was to make me grab my wallet to show where it is, I don't know. But I just got up immediately and left the area and went to go stand somewhere else. So they didn't really get a chance. Maybe they figured I wouldn't notice the two guys on either side of me, but they were acting weird and it made me suspicious even before I saw the wallet in the newspaper. Why would you sit on opposite sides of a stranger and then have a conversation with me in the middle? It's not like there was no other place to sit. There was plenty of extra bench space where they could have sat instead.
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Re: Pickpocketses

Postby Doctor X » Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:29 am

No.

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Re: Pickpocketses

Postby Rob Lister » Tue Sep 09, 2014 12:52 pm

Anaxagoras wrote:Never been pickpocketed but I have been targeted once in Hong Kong back when I was in the navy...


I used to carry a decoy wallet on liberty. It was never stolen. Still, I never made it back to the boat in any condition but broke.


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