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  1. roadwarriorette
    roadwarriorette at |

    Ugh. That is such a terrible welcome! I am impressed with your 2 back up cards in your suitcase–that is a good tip.

    I’m glad it wasn’t worse and that you weren’t injured, and hope that you and your wife have a great time the rest of your trip.

  2. Angeleno228
    Angeleno228 at |

    Ouch, sorry to hear. You got me concerned as I am heading down there tomorrow night for the first time. This is a good reminder for me to be cautious and and leave the wallet in the safe, one credit card and little cash in the front pockets should be enough.

  3. Aptraveler
    Aptraveler at |

    Seth, glad that it wasn’t worse. No matter the amount that was taken, when it happens, one certainly feels violated, even more when having just finished a great meal and were probably still lingering on that pleasure. I hope you both enjoy the rest of the trip!

  4. Notsosmart
    Notsosmart at |

    LOL yea, chasing after the guys was “macho instinct”. At least you had the good sense to stop quickly. Be thankful you didn’t get held up at knife point or worse…

    And kudos for being so well prepared. I have goten lazy and just carry whatever plastic I have on me in one place. I should probably be smarter about that. Thanks for reminding me.

  5. jeff
    jeff at |

    when traveling abroad is it best to NOT carry your passport with you? I have always carried mine with me. appreciate any thoughts or advise….

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  7. Stuart Falk
    Stuart Falk at |

    Sorry you had to experience that as even though due to your intelligently splitting up your cars and currency, I know from experience that the experience of being robbed hurts.

  8. Gene
    Gene at |

    I always leave passport, wallet, and most cash in the room safe. I carry hotel keys, passport copy, 2 credit cards, and minimal cash.

    1. KevininRI
      KevininRI at |

      I always leave my passport in my hotel room but usually carry my drivers license with me. You should at least have some form of picture ID on you just in case.

  9. Julian
    Julian at |

    I’m sorry to hear that, and I’m glad you are ok. But they should have taken that old bb so you can finally buy a nice iPhone 😉

  10. Pizzainmotion
    Pizzainmotion at |

    That sucks, but glad to hear both you and your wife ended up unscathed. Money and credit cards can obviously be replaced.

  11. Murtuza
    Murtuza at |

    Hope you are ok and back in travel spirit. Well wishes..

  12. Kerwin
    Kerwin at |

    Glad it was not as bad as it could have been…
    You are both good to rise again another day; thankful for that.

  13. BOShappyflyer
    BOShappyflyer at |

    Sorry to hear. It sucks that people do that, and it probably ruin your day a bit to have to file the report and do those misc thing when you could be on your way traveling.. Glad you’re OK though. I have never been robbed (knock on wood) when traveling, but I never carry significant amount of cash or wallet when I go out. I must admit that I was a tad worried about it when I traveled to Athens, because well, that’s well known as one of the pickpocket cities, but it’s always best to be prepared and alert when traveling.

  14. Missy H
    Missy H at |

    Wow that sounds totally unexpected, as for me in Bogota when a cyclist zoomed by me and grabbed the gold chain from my neck. I didn’t know, I had only just arrived. Big lesson for me.

  15. Paul
    Paul at |

    Time to invest in a Scottevest….

  16. mikey
    mikey at |

    beware of areas that post “danger of pick pockets” signs, some people check their wallets when reading the sigh, thus tipping off the crooks which pocket to pick.

  17. TAM
    TAM at |

    I live in Montevideo, Uruguay. It is not a safe place currently. Lots of robberies on the street and breakins of houses. Lots of shootings as well. It is very sad because Uruguay use to be a very safe and cultured country.

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  19. DBalcon
    DBalcon at |

    Sorry to read about this “experience” on what otherwise was a very pleasant day in this city…was out in the Prado district myself. (BTW bus fare must have gone up this week as the website still shows P$11 which is what I paid last Monday.)

  20. Stanley Kulp
    Stanley Kulp at |

    Ah, those Montevideo pickpockets have no style, certainly no grace. Just a grab and run. But Paris. Paris seems to be the capital of pickpockets, which otherwise seems to be a pretty safe place (except outlying areas, les banlieues, where proper Paris folk and tourists don’t often visit). But in Paris itself? My wife and I were coming back from Versailles one fine June day on the RER and after negotiating a maze of passages ended up at a place where everything merged and what looked like an exit loomed. Guarded by those guillotine gates, of course. We’re fumbling around for our billets and trying first one gate and then another, but somehow they were all jammed up. My wife finally got through by using the Parisian trick of bulling one’s way out. Good thinking, and apparently not hard to do since she’s much smaller, so I follow. On the other side I’m starting to fell like, hey, I can do Paris like a Parisian, no sweat, when a man behind me says (in English, no less), “Pardon me, but I think you dropped your wallet.” And he hands it to me. I look down, flip it open and, well, that look of what the frigging…!!! just rolled down my face. There’s no money. Ha, ha ha. I look up. There’s no man! Disappeared into one of those labyrinth of tunnels with maybe 60-70 euros and probably thinking of a fine dejeuner. Or maybe he’s thinking of opening a new account with Charles Schwab. And my wife and i just stand there, staring at my wallet for several minutes. Lets see, somehow my wallet hopped out of my pants pocket, fell to the ground, the money fled to who knows where, and this nice young man just happens by a split second later to pick it up and promptly return it to me. Well, Paris is the city of culture, and the gentleman was very polite, and I got to keep my wallet and cards and whatever. But sheech…. Still, pickpockets are endemic to the city. Entering or leaving the city’s train stations, we ran into several squadrons of gypsy kids, cute and well groomed in their school uniforms, with an older woman brandishing a clipboard asking us to sign some petition while the kids did a scrum around us. Pickpocket squads. They start young here. Bull through, babe, like it’s third and nine at the goal line. According to a recent news report, the staff at the Louvre was so upset by the clouds of pickpockets swarming around that they staged a one day protest strike to get the authorities to crack down. I’m sure that saved a couple of wallets or bags from ending up in the Paris landfill. So beware, and be aware that pockets and handbags are just handy places to affect the most efficient transfer of wealth from the better off tourist to the less well off local.

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