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Old 14.08.2015, 21:40
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Thieved in Zürich

Am sure I'm not the first one with such a tale - may be others can profit. Here our story:

Had just settled the bill for a great meal in our favourite local Asian / Thai restaurant yesterday evening in the Kirchgasse, Kreis 1 (well known within English speaking as well as local circles I believe, and with an excellent, long-standing reputation).

My daughter and I were sitting inside the restaurant, very happily satisfied with our treat, the service, air-conditioning, and food all around. And about to leave.

Still had my purse covered in my hand on the table, just having considered the tip, when an apparent non-guest shoved a couple of worn newspapers (I didn't even notice the language) on our table for 2. Not wanting to buy these papers, and despite repeated (discrete) attempts to get him to drop his campaign, he then left after about 30 seconds.

Having originally thought that he might be after the tip I'd left on the table, it occurred to me that my purse had disappeared...

Well, it had a good and pretty interesting outcome, and anyone interested is welcome to ask.

Just wanted to let anyone out there know (although perhaps I was the last one to know ) to be aware of these scams - even within the "safety" of a good restaurant...
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Old 14.08.2015, 21:49
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Re: Thieved in Zürich

I am so sorry to read that this happened. Were you able to get your purse back? Or was it the police complaint route?
I haven't heard of such incidents involving those who turn up in the restaurants asking for (monetary) help. But I recently saw this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QD8Xl19C9Rc , also at a restaurant.
After my experience last week, I have been warned about being careful, even at good restaurants. Placing it on the seat nearby, under the table, or on the table- all can be risky.
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Well, it had a good and pretty interesting outcome, and anyone interested is welcome to ask.
Go on then. I'm game.
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I'm on the edge of my seat now.

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Old 14.08.2015, 22:43
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Re: Thieved in Zürich

hurry up love, I'm dying of nosiness here! Please.
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I am so sorry to read that this happened. Were you able to get your purse back? Or was it the police complaint route?
I haven't heard of such incidents involving those who turn up in the restaurants asking for (monetary) help. But I recently saw this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QD8Xl19C9Rc , also at a restaurant.
After my experience last week, I have been warned about being careful, even at good restaurants. Placing it on the seat nearby, under the table, or on the table- all can be risky.
Hi, thanks for your reply.

This was interesting from the following aspects, which is why I put it on the forum (have already had my purse stolen in Zürich over the past decades from the usual aspects i.e. leaving handbag on back of chair, open in public places etc. ), but this is new to me. Here a summary:

- Am always naturally cautious - from experience, and always keep my hand on my purse when paying (or tightly secured in my bag when not)

- This "chap" approached our table indoors in a reputable restaurant, and within such a short period (I thought only about 30 secs. but my daughter told me he had already gone to another table behind ours, and had been standing behind me, watching as I paid)

- The man then came to our table, seemingly wanting for us to buy his 2 (old from the look of it - language unknown) newspapers. He did not utter a word, but used huge eye-contact (almost threatening, perhaps begging - not sure). At the same time, he kept pushing the newspapers on the table

- I indicated visually and manually no, and obviously in the meantime he had managed to take my purse from under my hand hold on the table (without my noticing)

- Once realising, I discreetly informed the waiter - who informed the Manager within seconds, and who both ran into the street to track the direction of the perpetrator

- At the same time, the manager called the police, filed a report and handed the phone to me - where I was then asked to complete the report at the local police station (about 5 mins away)

- Going then to the police station (expecting, according to various US TV series, to have to sit a few hours surrounded by drug related gangsters etc. etc. etc.) was instead escorted, within seconds, by a highly efficient female police officer to an interview room. She not only efficiently tool the relevant info. but also provided written and verbal advise on cancelling my cards etc., next steps and how to keep up contact (within 10 mins.). But also, following my description already given at the restaurant had a potential suspect who was already there at the station

- From my description, and having shown me the contents of that chaps returns from his own personal evening excursion, it was immediately determined that this wasn't "our" guy.

- So, I of course immediately cancelled all bank cards just outside the police station, using the nos. the police gave me - went amazingly efficiently

- End of a long story, but you did ask , got a call this morning from a shop owner who had found my purse (everything intact, except of course all cash gone)

- Funny thing was - the way it had been deposited: A pretty exclusive store- off the Bahnhofstr. not just thrown somewhere, but placed between their gates and the store entrance - with my spare house-key (one of those ones you can look-up on several threads on the EF - horribly expensive to replace, but that's another thread) - placed nicely on-top...

Strange, but true - don't know whether to hunt and shoot the perpetrator or send him a thank-you note
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Go on then. I'm game.
Well, since you asked nicely...

The perp made a swift exit from the restaurant, and was out of sight before I'd realized what had happened. I ran outside, but it was no use. He'd mingled with the crowds and there was no hope of catching up with him.

Disconsolate, I went back in the restaurant - only to be confronted by the proprietor, grinning from ear to ear, holding what can only be described as a kind of gelatinous pink trumpet. "Here," he said. "I've never tried it out before, but now seems a perfect time to give it a go."

"What is it?" I asked, bemused.

"It's a mock bloodhound. I dabble with genetic engineering in my spare time. One day I hope to grow all my own meat for the restaurant. I'll save a ton of money that way," he replied (I'm translating into idiomatic English here - the conversation, naturally, was in Thai).

We took the mock bloodhound to the table, cone down, and allowed it to take a good sniff at the table. Immediately it began to twitch. "It has the scent!" cried the proprietor.

Without warning, the chimerical machine flew out of the door, trailing its excited owner behind it. It was all I could do to keep up!

Anyway, to cut a long story short, the mock bloodhound tracked the thief down to a grotty building by the lake at Bellevue. We broke in through a cellar window, crept upstairs, broke down the thief's door and threw in a couple of molotov cocktails.

Unfortunately, it turned out that we had the wrong place. On the bright side, the apartment appeared to have been occupied by a couple of now rather well toasted Russian oligarchs, and was absolutely packed full of jewels and gold and that.

We stuffed the lot into bin bags, threw the stupid squishy machine in the lake, then made our way to the Odeon where we got totally blotto and danced until dawn.

All's well that ends well, eh?
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Old 14.08.2015, 23:00
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Well, since you asked nicely...

The perp made a swift exit from the restaurant, and was out of sight before I'd realized what had happened. I ran outside, but it was no use. He'd mingled with the crowds and there was no hope of catching up with him.

Disconsolate, I went back in the restaurant - only to be confronted by the proprietor, grinning from ear to ear, holding what can only be described as a kind of gelatinous pink trumpet. "Here," he said. "I've never tried it out before, but now seems a perfect time to give it a go."

"What is it?" I asked, bemused.

"It's a mock bloodhound. I dabble with genetic engineering in my spare time. One day I hope to grow all my own meat for the restaurant. I'll save a ton of money that way," he replied (I'm translating into idiomatic English here - the conversation, naturally, was in Thai).

We took the mock bloodhound to the table, cone down, and allowed it to take a good sniff at the table. Immediately it began to twitch. "It has the scent!" cried the proprietor.

Without warning, the chimerical machine flew out of the door, trailing its excited owner behind it. It was all I could do to keep up!

Anyway, to cut a long story short, the mock bloodhound tracked the thief down to a grotty building by the lake at Bellevue. We broke in through a cellar window, crept upstairs, broke down the thief's door and threw in a couple of molotov cocktails.

Unfortunately, it turned out that we had the wrong place. On the bright side, the apartment appeared to have been occupied by a couple of now rather well toasted Russian oligarchs, and was absolutely packed full of jewels and gold and that.

We stuffed the lot into bin bags, threw the stupid squishy machine in the lake, then made our way to the Odeon where we got totally blotto and danced until dawn.

All's well that ends well, eh?
Did warn you it could be a long and tediously boring reply.
Aim was to warn anyone who'd not yet heard of this kind of scam (it was even new to the police officer)...
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Old 14.08.2015, 23:04
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Re: Thieved in Zürich

Ace1: you really are a miserable sod, aren't you?
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Did warn you it could be a long and tediously boring reply.
Aim was to warn anyone who'd not yet heard of this kind of scam (it was even new to the police officer)...
Oh, and by the way, this wasn't just some police officer(In) - this was one who would want me to rethink my career and re-advise my daughter to her Uni studies (phew ... roll-on Zuri)
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Old 14.08.2015, 23:21
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Re: Thieved in Zürich

Thanks for the entertaining story. I enjoyed our style of writing. It captured my interest.

Glad your purse was found.
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Old 14.08.2015, 23:25
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Ace1: you really are a miserable sod, aren't you?
No.

Next question?
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Ace1: you really are a miserable sod, aren't you?
What's that got to do with this thread, where's the connection?Is it perhaps missing a post?
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What's that got to do with this thread, where's the connection?Is it perhaps missing a post?
I assume there was a post which Ace1 subsequently deleted. Or DB just likes to randomly point out how people are feeling today.
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Re: Thieved in Zürich

I realise only now that Ace1 banned user "ZuriR..." due to his post (was his 1st).

I agree with DB, based on the pseudo-reason given by Ace1 in ZuriR...'s profile, he indeed looks like a miserable sod. Makes me wonder how got he the power to ban in the first place (though I wouldn't be surprised if ZuriR... was a double-account/alias, I certainly would expect the closing remark to say so if such a suspicion happened to be the reason for the ban).
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I realise only now that Ace1 banned user "ZuriR..." due to his post (was his 1st).

I agree DB, based on the "reason" given by Ace1 in ZuriR...'s profile, he indeed looks like a miserable sod. Makes me wonder how got he the power to ban in the first place.
The account was a fake one, so a ban was entirely in order.

It's the deletion of the post that I thought was a bit over the top. I'm pleased to see that it's been restored, though, so all's well that ends well.
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The account was a fake one, so a ban was entirely in order.

It's the deletion of the post that I thought was a bit over the top. I'm pleased to see that it's been restored, though, so all's well that ends well.
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This appears to be an effective way to deal with thieves...

https://youtu.be/CNsp4GyC0sE
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This appears to be an effective way to deal with thieves...

https://youtu.be/CNsp4GyC0sE
Why can't we British (living in CH) be so pragmatic

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Re: Thieved in Zürich

Great story, will be more aware, lucky they left your front door key, replacing those types is hugely expensive I believe.
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