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Old 03.09.2013, 12:31
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Re: Pickpockets using Distraction Techniques

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I just wanted to add on our experience
Had booked an apparthotel for our holidays in Barcelona
While checking in , payment was 354 euro
Hubby ask me to give him the cash.
I take out 7* 50 notes and hand over
Our toddler is busy climbing the stairs and I run behind her
He counts and hand over to the manager
Then he take out the coins
Meanwhile , the manager says , this is only 300 and immediately spreads the six fifty notes on the table
There was no option but hand over another 50
Both of us are sure we handed over 7 fifty euro notes.
Since landing in barcelona it was only in the reception room that we opened our purses
All the transport cards were booked online.
Later in our room ,We counted and recounted the total cash we had taken to Barcelona and one fifty was missing.
The manager , with a slight of the hand , had conveniently nicked one of the 50 euros
We were so apprehensive of the pickpockets and bag snatchers, it was a shock to be ripped off our own hotel manager.
And our lasting impression of the trip was him warning us every day morn at the front desk ,hitting the posterior jeans pocket - beware of pickpockets
Did you made a complain? There should have cameras behind the desk?
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Did you made a complain? There should have cameras behind the desk?
We were so stunned , numb for the whole day
And whome do we complaint to - the manager who stole it ?
And if he knew the position of the camera , he must be knowing how to avoid it.
The camera was focused on the entrance , the customer side - where as he did this slight of hand just below the desk
Maybe we could have complained to the police or something
But so much time / and effort, in an already short holiday ? :-(
Every time we saw him ....he would be so nice and smiling with his " careful pickpockets "
We started doubting whether we had left behind one fifty at home itself ....
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Old 03.09.2013, 15:45
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Re: Pickpockets using Distraction Techniques

It amazes me how elaborate some of these rip-off methods can be. Years ago in Barcelona my husband and I were driving in our rental car to our hotel. Two guys on a motor bike roared up beside our rear wheel and POP! - they gouged the tire and took off ahead of us. We drove a few streets up and turned off to a side street. My husband got out of the car to assess the damage and decided to change out to the spare. I stood by the side of the car on the sidewalk and watched over everything. Then some dude came behind me, and started speaking quickly and gesturing a circle for "tire" and pointing to a garage. I swear, in the minute or so he distracted me somebody got in the car and swiped one of the bags (the one that happened to have my wallet and passport ... stupid stupid stupid of me to have them in same place).

It all seemed so impossibly elaborate and fast that I was embarrassed to tell the police and consulate. I should not have been - its seems to be a common story. Only, the consulate representative told me we were lucky we were not outside the city then there could have been physical violence and the theft of all our stuff involved. Yikes!
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I got pickpocketed in the Bankverein area in Basel on Sunday afternoon. I had just parked my car when three French Arabic looking youths approached me and one asked me the time, I was wearing a very expensive watch so I didnít look at my wrist but just said 1 oíclock. He high fived me and lightheartedly tried to trip me up and at this point, I later realized, he pickpocketed my car keys. He and I then went on our separate ways and I checked that I still had my wallet and phone and only five minutes later realized the keys were gone. I returned to the car, slightly warily, thinking that it was probably stolen but it was still there and the car the keys were in the gutter. They had gone through the car but luckily nothing of value was taken and the car was not damaged. I called 112 and informed the Basel police and two police cars turned up quite quickly (full marks Basel polizei) and were looking around the area and subsequently a police van turned up as well, so I think they picked them up (though I didnít actually see anything as I was then in Flanagans) and hopefully gave them a hard time. So be warned folks Iíve had this happen to me before in Barcelona but not in 25 years in Basel. They appear to be fairly fearless too, Iím 6 foot 5 and that didnít put them off!
John
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Re: Pickpockets using Distraction Techniques

Yikes - well Flanagan's is a good place to recover from such an experience, miss that place. Thanks for sharing & all the best.
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