|As seen in Midnight In Paris, The Devil Wears Prada, Louvre, Versailles|
Pickpocketing: It is indeed very bad there and one of the reasons I’m hesitant to return. To have to have that feeling of always being on guard is annoying. Jared and I encountered pretty much all the popular scams we read about. I had a very close call of around 5-6 teenage boys huddling up around me with fake clipboards trying to open my purse and getting grabby. Even though I wasn't suckered into signing a fake petition and yelling "Non!", the boys were well on their way to assaulting me. They wouldn't leave me alone until Jared got involved. Gals (and guys with bags), I found that it was a good idea to have a purse as a decoy. Try to not have your camera out too much. I had pockets installed inside my jacket and all my valuables were in there. They'd go for the purse first. Also, you can yell, "voleur!" (means thief).Unfortunately, they still believe in the stereotype of Asians being the "rich" target. So strike 1: Asian, strike 2: female, strike 3: camera in sight. See the girls behind me? I knew what they were up to so I turned around and walked towards Jared and he took this pic. I like to think my expression was "That's right, go for the purse, there's enough used Kleenex in there for ya."
|Attempted scammers ---------------- No Sudden Movements|