Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Pickpocket in Paris

Paris, the city of fashion and love. Don't get yourself amused and hallucinated by the city. Cruising through its serene river, to its vogue street of Champs-Élysées and St. Honoré, to its hustle and bustle Metros and at the gateway of France, Gare du Nord never neglect any of your belongings to be taken away and spoilt the trip. There was three trials on myself that I've experienced on each trip that I visited the city. Luckily I'm saved from the pickers but please be aware of their tricks because until now I'm still trying to read them. 

In December 2011, it happened at the Gare du Nord while waiting for our Eurostar to London at the nearby cafe. As usual, while waiting your freshly brewed coffee and croissants to be served, browsing through your mobile will be the best thing to do and when the coffee is served, definitely you will place it next to it before taking your first sip. A bunch of Gypsies kids came by and ask for "donation" for their charity. One of the kids put down their fliers/brochure on the table and on top of where I put my phone in the act of trying to explain about "this and that". Slowly he tried to grab the phone under the fliers/brochure while I was trying to get rid of these Gypsies away in a polite way. Luckily one of my friend saw what he's trying to do and she said "You can take your papers but leave the phone on the table". That kid was shocked and walked away.
Another experience was in January 2012, it was in the Metro from Franklin Roosevelt (the most luxury metro station in Paris I've seen), and it happened that during that time I was holding bunch of shopping items (imagine bunch of paperbags I'm holding) with a sling bag! The train stopped at one station and was cramped with Parisian, suddenly this one mature lady shouted  "arrêtez-vous!" (means "stop it") pointing at my back as I was standing next to the door facing inside. As looked at my back, my sling bag was half-opened and the 12-year old Gypsies kid ran away before the door closed. I was panicked and checked the bag thoroughly. Thankful, there was nothing has been taken away. Thanked the lady and she advised to be aware of these Gypsies as they're everywhere and they targeted tourist. I asked myself "Do I look like a tourist?" LOL.

Recently during my Paris trip in April 2012, two of us were on the Metros at Anves station heading to La Chapelle that evening. As usual, people will rush to get into the train once the train stopped. As I entered the train, there was one girl pushed me from the back and I was wearing the sling at the time. Felt like the bag has moved upwards and swiftly I turned  . The girl was panicked and she got off the train immediately. I checked the all the important stuffs (wallet,passport n phone) and luckily it was still there. Phew~! As the door closed, my friend said that he was hit the same way. What a trick! (oh, that's fine if she's hot. Lol)

As a reminder to all out there who will be travellling to Paris, be aware of your belongings especialy your bags. Keep on eyes on those all the time especially when you're in the tourist hot spots. 

p/s: photos credits to all (you know who you are!) :D


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    1. Thanks Alice for your review. Yes, I think I'm magneted these pickpockers that much. Lol. However, it has been quite a good experience and better be aware of your belongings. :)

      Thanks for dropping by!