Pickpockets

Have any of you ever gotten into a physical altercation with a pickpocket while traveling? Also just share general pickpocket stories.

  1. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Landed in Miami and was waiting outside for an Uber when some guy comes up to me and asks if I need a taxi I told him no and kept looking at my phone when my Uber gets there I go to grab my bag and my wallet was just sitting there lucky for me I had nothing in it pickpockets are classy they only want cash

  2. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    A couple close calls:
    At Hamburg Hbf some guy taps me on my left shoulder. I should've looked or turned right but of course I turned left. Pretty sure they rifled through my jacket pocket, luckily there was nothing in there for them to take.
    In Cambodia I was on the ferry crossing the Mekong River and went to get back on the bus, but a mob of kids were at the door. Of course they tried to reach everywhere they could as I got on.

  3. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    I rarely encounter them because I lift weights and look really angry and poor

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Kek same. I never got approached once in Paris using resting bitch face and just looking pretty big in general

  4. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Not yet, but i have observed them scanning for victims. When you sit at a touristy place and eat your food you'll start noticing them

  5. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Honestly, as long as you don't look like a complete fucking fag or victim, there's no reason you should be subject to pickpockets or theft.

    No man (I mean actual man) should be victim of this. It's literally just soys and retards that are. Same with general theft and roberr. Total non issue if you're actually a self-respecting adult male with any kind of physical prowess or self confidence/awareness.

    There's only a handful of places I wouldn't fuck around (South Africa, parts of South America etc where the cost of life is virtually non existent).

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      LOL. I'd love to drop you off on Cottage Grove on the South Side of Chicongo and watch you impress the local wildlife with your chadness, Chad.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Lived in Chicago for years, this wouldn’t be too difficult to deal with.

        In that situation, it’s fine as long as it’s before 2pm, after that there will be ravenous morons frothing at the mouth everywhere.

        Criminals are opportunists, and if you stick to main streets with other people on them, you can just walk to the train station and be fine.

        Waking down side streets past encampments of thugs just hanging out on the porch during a typical work day would be a bad idea, but most of the time it will be okay, as they only murder each other, “mutual combatants” as one Chicago judge said, no reason for the DA to press charges.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >i'm a CHAD as long as it’s before 2pm

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Watch out everyone, we got a bad ass here.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Not about being a badass. The reality is pickpockets don’t want confrontation or even the chance of them getting into a physical altercation. They want quick grabs from unsuspecting victims, clueless Chinese tourists that don’t even know the emergency number, old women, people that leave bags open on tables in busy streets, so on and so fourth.

        Not to mention, having a bit of situational awareness. Don’t keep your fucking wallet hanging out of your back pocket period.

        I always travel with one friend. We’re both early 20s and we’ve been in our fair share of fights, crazy situations growing up etc. We’ve been to plenty of sketchy places and nothing bad has ever happened. Got run up on by a group of 5 Africans at 4am in Barcelona for example, they didn’t do shit once they approached us because we held our ground and were a lot more collected than they were. Simply not being intimidated, (by which I don’t mean being guarded, confrontational or pacified) goes a long fucking way in your favour.

        Again, all of this goes out of the window in certain places. I wouldn’t fuck around in South America, Africa or (the darker) parts of the USA personally.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      This is getting a lot of flak but it’s true. Four months in South America nobody even tests my girlfriend and I when we’re together. I leave her alone thirty minutes to go swimming? Someone tries to take our backpack while his accomplice distracts her. To her credit she caught them and they ran off, but that’s how quickly it turns.

      Criminals look for the path of least resistance. Robbery is not a line of work where you want to fuck with the wrong person, and those who do don’t last very long doing it. So they prey on women, people who are obviously lost and/or oblivious, the physically weak, etc. As long as you outwardly appear not to be these things you will be absolutely fine in all but the sketchiest areas. You simply need to present yourself as enough of a threat that any sensible thief will consider you not worth the risk. Seeing as fifty percent of the population is women this should not be too difficult for a man.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Exactly anon. You summed this up well. Pickpockets are fucking scum, and at the end of the day, the last thing they want is causing an altercation that is going to disrupt their income. Why would they try and steal from a guy that might turn around and break their fucking jaw or grab them by the neck, whilst they can easily put a hand into a purse, grab a phone out of some mothers back pocket whilst she’s dealing with her kids in a crowd of people, swipe a bank card off a table whilst they’re trying to figure out a map, so on and so fourth. Who, realistically, even if they do get caught by, aren’t exactly going to do much in defence.

        walk through a crowd in beijing with a camera bag and see what happens.

        In that super specific scenario, where you’re absolutely surrounded by people, you should be fucking aware of your belongings at all time. Not being so is retard tier.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      This is getting a lot of flak but it’s true. Four months in South America nobody even tests my girlfriend and I when we’re together. I leave her alone thirty minutes to go swimming? Someone tries to take our backpack while his accomplice distracts her. To her credit she caught them and they ran off, but that’s how quickly it turns.

      Criminals look for the path of least resistance. Robbery is not a line of work where you want to fuck with the wrong person, and those who do don’t last very long doing it. So they prey on women, people who are obviously lost and/or oblivious, the physically weak, etc. As long as you outwardly appear not to be these things you will be absolutely fine in all but the sketchiest areas. You simply need to present yourself as enough of a threat that any sensible thief will consider you not worth the risk. Seeing as fifty percent of the population is women this should not be too difficult for a man.

      based
      people getting pissed at this advice are weak fags who had to run to asia to have a leg up on life

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      walk through a crowd in beijing with a camera bag and see what happens.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        nothing would happen

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      This
      Got zero problem with pickpockets everywhere I went from Cairo to London. Just look pissed off and be a decent shaped men not some fucking sòy infused gay and you'll be fine
      Ironically the only time I had problems was in my home town in Milan few years ago when I was dressing fancy and some paki or whatever either wanted to taste my ass or tried to reach for my back pocket I scremed "what the fuck you doing" looked back he was running the other way but never had a problem since

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      basically just be black over seas and you'll be left alone. Only white boys get robbed due to how weak they are

  6. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Amsterdamn 2005
    >fly in for a friend's wedding
    >exhausted after a long intercontinental flight
    >get off train in Dam Square
    >walk around trying to find a hotel
    >group of three obvious pickpockets starts tailing me
    >I go into a shop
    >they wait for me to come out
    >one taps me on the shoulder and tries talking to me
    >I walk away, go find a hotel
    joke's on them, there was nothing in my wallet but five Malaysian ringgit and a few expired cards, good luck exchanging that, it was a controlled currency not tradeable outside of Malaysia at the time, probably still is. Real wallet was strapped under my pants.

    also
    >Las Vegas
    >on the south end of the Strip
    >playing with a blackjack card counting team
    >carrying $30,000 in cash
    >I notice I'm being followed between casinos
    >go into Harrah's and play for an hour
    that's about it, either they got tired of waiting or they missed following me the next time

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >showing up as a hotel walk-in instead of booking ahead

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        2005 was before the internet had hotel bookings

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        That's how you get the best deals, act like you booked, ask to speak to the manager, make a scene, get a room for half price.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Ringgit are very much tradable

  7. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Getting off the train in Venice Italy
    >It's raining lightly
    >See 3 dark skinned gypsy looking dudes with umbrellas walking towards me.
    >I turn to face them
    >I say "pickpockets" loudly
    >They turn and quickly walk away

    We also got tailed by a black guy in Florence. He tried to stay behind us out of our peripheral vision. I turned around and caught him closing in on us and he turned and walked off. I got the impression that these dudes really don't want any confrontation.

  8. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    In Ethiopia two people tried to grab my mobile phone, after trying to distract me. I pushed them to the ground, because they are weak and small. Other people laughed and I continued to walk around

  9. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    My cousin got her phone stolen in Amsterdam. At that time she didn't think about consequences so she chased after the guy. She tripped him and scratched his eyes out until he pussied out and gave it back. She works in a kindergarden now

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I would marry and lovingly blow a load in your cousin because that story turns me on 200%.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        thanks but i already cummed in my cousins tight pussyhole, she sucked the tip of my cock like a lollypop

  10. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Be homeless in Paris
    >Drink a bottle of wine and fall asleep next to River promanad for the evening
    >Wake up and two drunk gypsy kids are going through my pockets
    >Stand up and grab them one with each arm, shake them a bit and check through my pockets to make sure they didn't get anything
    >They didn't, I admire their hustle so I throw two smokes at them and tell them to fuck off
    >They keep drunkenly trying to distract me so they can throw me or grab shit from my pockets
    >I keep drunkenly swatting them away like flys
    >Eventually get tired of this cat and mouse dance and I'm about ready to throw a haymaker but they fuck off
    >Grab my shit and walk to a nearby park with a lot of cops, stay up all night and smoke some meth with a couple of street people
    >A kinda cute kinda haggered looking African girl comes up to me and asks me for some change, don't give her any but we talk a bit and she gives me a lighter and I look at her breasts and wirey ass arms and feel kind of aroused
    >Think about giving her five euros for a quicky but I'd probably catch something
    >Just stay up all night instead then catch a train to a smaller village in the morning and sleep in a comfy park the next day
    That's the only time I've ever been pickpockets. Generally if you look poor and mean people will leave you alone.

  11. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    My only interaction with what I assume was an aspiring pickpocket was with a literal child in a non-risky place—some kind of guttersnipe fourteen or fifteen year old hanging around inside some construction scaffolding in the tiny dodgy bit of Geneva. Walking through scaffolding-shielded sidewalk, kid asks for a light, I give him one, he awkwardly grabs my wrist and makes some dumb broken English joke about showing me some kung fu. I jerk my hand from his grasp, slap him, he runs away.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Dodgy bits of Geneva

      There are no dodgy bits in Geneva and this was not a pickpocket but a child trying to play with you

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        > There are no dodgy bits in Geneva and this was not a pickpocket but a child trying to play with you
        I live in Switzerland and if you actually think this you have never wandered through the Pâquis after midnight. Seriously dodgy? Of course not. But it’s the 200sqm where the town’s entire scumbag population congregates.

  12. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Tuktuk driver claims to recognize me from "the night before" and stops to chat
    >he wants to teach me how to avoid theft, I tentatively agree because fuck it why not
    >while I closely watch, he takes some banknotes out of his own pocket and places them into my money belt, it happened very quickly
    >apparently the order of the bills matters and so does the way you fold them
    >with both his hands in my belt, i grab his wrists and flip his hands over
    >he acts offended as if i would be so naive to trust this random asshole with his hands in my belt
    >minor verbal altercation ensues
    >he rides off and all my belongings and cash is in order

    just be careful guys it happens very quickly before you even can realize. dont be afraid to just grab people's hands or wrists if they're in your shit.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >dont be afraid to just grab people's hands or wrists if they're in your shit.
      also, never let anyone close the distance on you. I'm a naturally situationally aware person (read: paranoid), you just have to pay attention to two things:
      1. beware anyone who approaches you and tries to distract you with something (here is a bracelet, buy my maps, 'you come this way') etc. your first thought should go to "where are this person's hands" "who is standing behind me"
      2. Groups of 'static' people you're forced to walk through.

      >but a mob of kids were at the door. Of course they tried to reach everywhere they could as I got on.
      how much trouble would you get in if you cracked one in the face?

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    This baby
    >tough as nails
    >holds everything you need
    >people will think you are ex military or a navy seal
    >no one will fuck with you because of this
    >TSA won't go through your shit
    >hostel fucko's won't mess with you
    >women dig it because they think you are military

    Best investment you can make.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      (You)

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Retarded boot poster

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Unironically, two kids approached me once in Lviv getting out of the station dressed in flecktarn with the dame bag carrying about 30kg andy German Shephard. They thanked me for my service (I guess) and forced me to take a a few bills they had (2$ maybe in local currency)

      They must have thought I was on my Way to volunteer in Donbass or something lol

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        What were you doing there?

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Worst than pickpocketers now in Europe are the MENA gangs (moroccan, algerian, and some rumanian mixed in the sack) that operate in Barcelona freely....... I dont know if they attack people the same way in other EU cities... but Barcelona since the leftist major came in has become like the bronx in the 80s

          daily life in my city now:

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          https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5GU8kYNsdS8 [Embed] (the taxi driver what a cunt)

          i was moving there for a three months, hence the size of the bag. i was dressed in camo just because :p

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >has become like the bronx in the 80s
            Do Europeans seriously believe this shit?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      i use a bugout bag for a similar response.

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    how to detect pick pockets in europe

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I'm 189cm and 120kg, I don't wear loose clothes either.
    Can't say anyone has ever tried.

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    i'm a poor slav so i don't have this problem
    in fact people are scared i might pickpocket them several times i walk past or stand near woman on train or at station and she clutches her purse and gives disgusted look or walks away
    i don't know what i did to deserve this

  17. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >at market with girl in Bangkok
    >feel something brush my back pocket where my wallet is
    >turn around and see a 50yo shorty with a 6yo girl, vehemently shaking his head no
    >tell his my wallet isn't for him
    >take a knee to meet 6yo at eye level
    >tell her the man she's with is a loser
    >leave market with my girl
    >go back to hotel and cum inside her 3 times in an hour

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >banging a disgusting ugly thai
      Anon....the only loser here is you

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Wow, I LOVE losing!

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        so you're an incel AND a racist? not a good look

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          just a racist.

  18. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Keep a thick rubber band wrapped around your phone/wallet when you travel. It will make it stick in your pocket so that it's hard to remove stealthily. Also, keep your valuable shit in your front pants pockets, those are the hardest to steal from.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      never heard about that rubber band trick, might use that next time im on a packed metro

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >With this trick lose your phone and wallet in single swipe
      Honestly, it seems like a good idea though

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >putting your wallet in the back pocket under any circumstances
      who would want to sit on a bulge anyway? why are people so fucking retarded? why do they have to be told this?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        It's also insanely bad for posture.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          you could tell people to sit on broken glass and they wouldn't complain at all
          people are fucking weird

  19. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Yes, Europe is the worst offender for pickpockets. They're not violent, they just literally cannot stop stealing from others. It seemed to be a lifestyle.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      For Gypsies it is a lifestyle. Their entire culture is basically being a real life semi-nomadic thieves guild out of some rpg.

  20. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >brothers were in La Paz mexico
    >teenagers and both drunk as shit because drinking age doesn't matter if you're american in mexico
    >walking back to hotel at 1 AM
    >dude stops them and pulls a knife
    >one brother is bulked the fuck up (went on to become a D1 athlete in college) and goes into drunk tism rage
    > drops to his knees and starts punching the concrete sidewalk until his knuckles bleed while yelling and looking the knife dude in the eye
    >stands back up with bleeding hands and starts running towards the mugger
    >mugger shits himself and runs away

    I always carry a pack or two of cigarettes and offer some to rough looking dudes when I travel if I'm around them (read loitering for a few minutes) long enough
    >white as fuck, blonde, blue eyes, etc.
    >wearing nice clothes because went to a nice spot for dinner
    >3 guys start walking towards me from an alley
    >A Honduran street person I had given cigs to earlier in the day suddenly manifests out of nowhere and tells them to fuck off
    >I give him half a pack of smokes and thank him
    >"no problema hermano"
    >he escorts me the rest of the block and disappears as fast as he had appeared.
    Situational awareness is important. Presentation is important too.

    I only ever have problems when I'm dressed nice.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >I only ever have problems when I'm dressed nice.
      which is why the hobopill rules

  21. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Boomer here (just letting you know that I'm not some twig armed pansy like yall) was in Barcelona about 5 years ago after walking the Camino, saw that one movie where the fag millenial died of aids so his based (as yall wiggers say with ur Blackspeak) boomer dad had to finish the job, anywho, I had arranged for my lawn to be cut by my neighbor Bob who I have known since he and the wife moved in in the 80s so we go fishing and hunting and so on (n titty bars too when the missus is away) anywho I was feeling jacked after walking all that way hoisting my pack and my 40s, lost some weight (although I will never have abs like Ellen Page ) I was looking good feeling good and some scrawny Somali came up trying to put some rainbow fag bracelet on me and tried to squeeze my ass (I realized later that he wasn't fondling my turd cutter he was feeling for my wallet) but we don't take kindly to queers where I'm from so I grabbed his tiny skullet and forced it down as I kneed its chin. moron crumpled to the ground, not that I looked back I was thirsty. Popped into a McDonald's got a McChicken menu as they call the value meal here, biggie size cuz only about
    $3 American I'm not some frail elder, did you know you can get beer here as your drink. Nice country spain.

  22. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Only really happened to me in London. I was eating at McDonalds in Holburn and (like a retard) left my phone out by my food on the table. Some shitskin with a sign comes up and starts begging at the table next to me (a couple, both non Londoners, a German and a girl from the midlands based on her accent), and they say no, so he moves to my table. I firmly say ‘no’ and keep eating my food. He’s getting aggressive now and trying everything he can to get me to look up at him. When I do he puts his flimsy ass sign down over my phone.
    >oh hell no
    I grab his arm and try to snatch his sign out of his hand. He jumps back, genuinely surprised, and puts his hands up defensively. I push him away and he starts hauling ass out. I go back to eating my food. Couple next to me call me a ‘racist bitch’, so I get to spend the next five minutes of what should have been a pleasant lunch explaining to these naïve idiots what a distraction scam is.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      It's the UK, if your skin is dark even if you are blowing up kids and fiddlin them you are bigger royalty than the queen. That island is fucking messsed up

  23. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I've never been a victim of pickpocketing, which is weird, because by my own admission I am a fucking idiot and therefore should be an easy target.

    >INT: 0
    >LUC: 100

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