Ever been pick pocketed while traveling? Or was scammed in any other way on vacation?

  • WhoDey

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    Mar 14, 2013 1:45 PM GMT
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    Mar 14, 2013 8:00 PM GMT
    No, although every time I go to France or Spain I seem to end up trying to chat in French/Spanish to someone who turns out to be a drug dealer or prostitute icon_eek.gif
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    Mar 14, 2013 8:54 PM GMT
    Just keep your wallet in your crotch.
  • Guycicle

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    Mar 14, 2013 9:10 PM GMT
    When I was living in Rio de Janeiro a few years ago this guy approached me offering to clean off some bird shit or some type of goo I had on my shoe. He then tried to charge me 8 dollars or some obscene amount of money for it, but I told him that that was more money I made in an entire hour teaching English. And I knew he was the one who put the stuff on my shoe because a friend of mine had told me the same thing happened to him a couple weeks earlier. I did, however, give him a little bit of money, and I would so much rather get scammed or sneakily pick-pocketed than experience a violent mugging.
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    Mar 14, 2013 10:18 PM GMT
    I was a victim of a pickpocket while traveling standing up on a crowded train from Pisa to Florence in 1981, with a loss of all my Travellers Cheques.

    And yep, it happened on a Friday, but before I was aware of the loss, the Banks had already closed for the weekend. After waiting for a couple of hours at a police station to report the loss, a necessity before a refund can be claimed, I literally had to live off the goodness of the owner of the pensione (a hotel where guests share a single sex dormitory) I was staying in.

    After the refund I eventually got on the Monday, on top of the normal hotel bill, I had to pay for all the sustenence I received over the weekend.
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    Mar 15, 2013 1:02 AM GMT
    Living in Budapest for 4 months, the gypsies (they call them Roma now) kids would surround me on the street or in the subway, 4 to 6 at a time, and pat my pants down as they encircle me. Very bizarre experience. They never got anything though. My wallet was stolen from one of the clubs though. Eastern Europe is rung by gangs, mafia, and crime,
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    Mar 15, 2013 1:15 AM GMT
    Spent a month in Morocco. Having somebody who spoke Arabic with us made getting scammed almost out of the question cause then they respect you and can't pull a fast one. Did feel a hand in my pocket at the market though and turned around to find a guy trying to pic pocket me. I didn't have anything in there though. Talk about an awkward moment, then I "gently" shoved him away.
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    Mar 15, 2013 1:18 AM GMT
    Had my wallet stolen in Serbia.
    The complicated part was to have the police report translated in French for my bank.
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    Mar 15, 2013 4:59 AM GMT
    Just the usual taxi drivers over-charging and the like. And some vandalized equipment. Unless you count military incursions as a 'scam.'
  • Zinc

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    Mar 15, 2013 5:08 AM GMT
    Yeah, got my passport stolen in Prague.