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Old 08.12.2009, 19:14
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i HATE it when people take advantage of "disadvantaged" (ie distracted with baby/phone/kindness)
makes us all want to be uptight meanies! not a nice life.

the other day i asked two well dressed indian looking, itallian speaking women, who were struggling with putting a franc into the shopping trolley, to PLEASE not leave their handbags hanging over the back of the baby buggy - i HATE encouraging opportunists.
I was shopping in Zug this week and the cashier at the Kiosk told me not to put my shoulder bag around the back of my body while trying to carry my shopping and push a stroller. Apparently, mums with their hands full are targeted.
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Old 08.12.2009, 21:25
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Re: Pick-pockets

Beware....my wallet was stolen yesterday while I was on Bus 912 going down Seefeldstrasse to the Bellevue tram stop. As soon as I got off the bus, I noticed it was gone. I am thinking back to what happened on the bus, and I put 2 and 2 together.... a "normal" professional looking man, dressed in a suit as if going to work, abruptly bumped in to me to try to get by (the bus was crammed with passengers)....I don't know why, but the way he did it seemed strange and sudden.

The real pros are those who look like they don't need to steal...dressed to the nines...so just keep your eyes open.
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Old 08.12.2009, 21:39
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Beware....my wallet was stolen yesterday while I was on Bus 912 going down Seefeldstrasse to the Bellevue tram stop. As soon as I got off the bus, I noticed it was gone. I am thinking back to what happened on the bus, and I put 2 and 2 together.... a "normal" professional looking man, dressed in a suit as if going to work, abruptly bumped in to me to try to get by (the bus was crammed with passengers)....I don't know why, but the way he did it seemed strange and sudden.

The real pros are those who look like they don't need to steal...dressed to the nines...so just keep your eyes open.
Sorry to hear that - having your wallet taken is a real pain.

So we can all learn - can I ask where on your person your wallet was?
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Old 08.12.2009, 21:52
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Re: Pick-pockets

I was in Barcelona last week and caught someone trying to steal something from a friends backpack!

I was there with 2 other friends, one who lives here in Switzerland, and another who came from the US. This guy from the US was walking around with a "larger" camera bag.

It was evening, around 8:30, getting dark and we were walking up a street on its left side (on the sidewalk). Between us and the street (for cars) were lots of thick potted plants. I was behind the US guy, and behind me was the other guy from Switzerland.

Anyway, all of a sudden, another guy comes from across the street with a box and gets in my way. I didn't think much of it but I WAS walking about 2 meters behind the camera bag friend.

Then I saw it! The dude with a box was shielding prying eyes with the box (and the potted plants too) by placing his right hand in a way to start groping at a zipper on the bag! It took me a second to realise what was going on, but I began sprinting at my friend and yelling "HEY HEY HEY!!!", I grabbed the guys hand and pulled it back and began telling my friend that "this guy just tried to take something from your bag!!!".

This 'groper' got pissed, started yelling some broken english like "f*** you, what do you want... etc". My other friend behind me was by now next to us too, and this groper (nice cut on one of his cheeks too... he did seem like a tough guy, probably not a good idea to get in a fight with) kept yelling expletives until he realised we were a group of three, and my two other friends are not small (one is probably 1m90 or higher, big guy).

He then backed away, and still in a pissy fit, threw the box (HAH, IT WAS EMPTY!!!) against one of the potted plants and walked away!

GRRRR, I felt like kicking him in his ba**s

Anyway, we got away from that one... and there wasn't anything important anyway in the side pocket that he was groping at, but unfortunately my friend from the US didn't learn much from it as someone stole his iPhone from his belt holster at around Sagrada Familia (it was his company phone and he had a backup... so no loss of cash for him... we did a remote wipe on my phone and he called ATT to cancel his SIM card immediately).

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Old 08.12.2009, 21:56
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Old 08.12.2009, 22:10
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Sorry to hear that - having your wallet taken is a real pain.

So we can all learn - can I ask where on your person your wallet was?
I had it in my purse, but unfortunately, it was not closed tight, making it easier for someone to snatch the wallet right out.

I foolishly let my guard down at times here in CH....I don't know why--maybe because in many respects it is so safe here, one begins to get "too comfortable" and less alert.
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Old 08.12.2009, 22:26
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Re: Pick-pockets

I can confirm a staff member who works with my husband lost several thousand franks from his postcard. Skimmed or watched at a swipe-machine when he was re-loading his monthly travel pass...they made a 2000chf transaction within minutes of taking the card.

Something about these post-cards. If they manage to get your pin, you aren't going to get your money-back. Unlike a credit-card which requires a signature and is insured against fraud.

If they use your card+pin there is no way of proving that you haven't authorised them to make the transaction...
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