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billiv

Spain in the Fall - Itinerary Help Needed!

by billiv »

We saw an attempted purse snatching by motor bike in Florence.  The victim had her purse strap  across her chest so it was over her left shoulder while the purse itself was on her right hip.  Motorbike came by and the rider on the back grabbed the strap.  Pulled the poor lady off her feet and she hit hard on the sidewalk and street. The purse didn't come free, but she was injured and I imagine her neck took a great deal of punishment from the strap being pulled hard. A couple of store workers came to her aid.

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mushroom

RE: Spain in the Fall - Itinerary Help Needed!

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I've never seen that but I've heard about it enough to avoid wearing "cross-body" bags when traveling.   After my experience in Barcelone I quit carrying a purse enitrely when traveling except to and from the airport or train, and then I usually keep my arm across it if I'm very unfamiliar with my destination or worried.  Generally I only go traveling for sightseeing in the cooler months, and I find I can stow my walk-around valuables (credit cards, hotel key) in interior pockets and thus have no need for a bag (or sometimes I will carry an ordinary plastic bag from the drugstore or fruit store to keep a hairbrush, map, etc.  

I no longer have it, but I once picked up on my travels in Naples a great kids tote that was made of clear plastic.  I would put my guidebook, kleenex, etc in the tote, which had handes long enough I could carry it as a shoulder bag.  I figured any prospective thief could see for themselves what I was carrying, and that it was worthless.

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billiv

RE: Spain in the Fall - Itinerary Help Needed!

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Unless the prospective thief had a runny nose!

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mushroom

RE: Spain in the Fall - Itinerary Help Needed!

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Then they would be welcome to my kleenex. 

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