2013

They’re Ravin’

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For all the entertainment bookers and speaker bureau agents who make our comedy shows and anti-theft keynotes possible: They’re Ravin’ ONCE UPON a midnight…

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Fake jewelry doesn't thwart pickpockets.

Fake jewelry doesn’t thwart pickpockets

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Almost all of the opportunist pickpocket’s dirty work is preventable. I agree, it’s not practical to live in preparation for the worst at any…

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Chowpatty Beach, along which runs Marine Drive, where the Mumbai pickpocket was observed and arrested.

Police order civilians to arrest Mumbai pickpocket

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Our law enforcement friends in Mumbai do some creative police work. Methods that would never be tolerated in the U.S. Okay, so they knew…

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Grocery cart pickpocket

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Would you feel threatened by the smiling face of this thief? Grocery cart pickpocket I’ve written about the grocery cart pickpocket before, but here’s…

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baggage carousel

Baggage carousel ETA

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Waiting at airport baggage carousels can be stressful. When will your bag come? Will your bag come? Baggage carousel extra info Copenhagen’s airport has…

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Devil's Breath drug, burundanga, scopoamine

Devil’s Breath robbery/rape drug, aka burundanga

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Devil’s Breath drug, aka burundanga Hard to tell fact from fiction when researching “the world’s scariest drug” called Devil’s Breath, burundanga, and scopolamine. The…

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Pickpocket payoff: rewarded for stealing wallet

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Pickpocket payoff “I think you have something of mine. I’m gonna give you a choice,” the victim said to the pickpocket. “You can give…

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Radisson masterknocker

Hotel oddity #40 – Masterknocker – Radisson USC doorknocker

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Radisson USC doorknocker Masterknocker knock-off University of California’s official hotel for the parents of its college students is run by Radisson Hotels. Each room…

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Luggage self-check: The caged suitcase is tipped into a river of luggage.

Luggage self-check at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam

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Luggage self-check Luggage self-check? There’s nothing new about self-checking in and getting boarding passes from an airport terminal. The KLM check-in machines at Amsterdam’s…

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Shopping cart pickpocket steals wallets from unattended purses in shopping trolleys.

Shopping cart pickpockets in grocery stores

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Shopping cart pickpockets on the loose! Just a reminder: don’t leave your purse in your grocery store shopping cart. It just takes a second…

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Ghost pickpocket or white-dressed beggar?

“Ghost pickpockets” – or white-dressed beggars?

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Are they just white-dressed beggars? White-painted, white-draped “ghosts” are picking pockets in Stockholm’s most beautiful district, the national paper blared. Police are quoted: “The…

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Norrtälje signage

Do not hold your child’s hand

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Strange signage in Norrtälje, Sweden. We all know what the red diagonal means. What do we make of this combination? • Do not hold…

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Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel

Hotel Oddity #39

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We had a huge suite at the Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel in Barcelona. Surrounding the spacious bedroom, there was a sitting room, an office,…

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Pickpocket in Barcelona, Spain. The pigeon poop pickpocket ploy.

The Pigeon Poop Pickpocket Ploy

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The Pigeon Poop Pickpocket Ploy as perpetrated in Barcelona is devious. We discover the original Pigeon Poop Perp, who pretends to offer goodness. In…

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Kajsas fish soup

Kajsas fish soup, Stockholm

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Kajsas fish soup I dream of Kajsas’ fish soup! Since I started visiting Kajsas Fiskbistron (fish bistro) in the 90s, I always order only…

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Pickpocket proof clothes: Clever Travel Companion's black tank; safest place to carry money

Pickpocket proof clothes

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Though I’m not much for “pickpocket proof clothes,” I have road-tested and come to appreciate a few items. I’ve been wearing Clever Travel Companion’s…

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Living statue street performers levitate

Living statue street performers levitate

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Living statue street performers Living statue street performers in Europe have learned a new trick. Now they levitate. I’ve seen these floating swamis in…

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Kharem shows how the pickpocket's partner then comes from the front, dipping into the breast pocket while the vic looks in the opposite direction. How pickpockets steal from inside jacket pockets. steal from breast pocket

How pickpockets steal from inside jacket pockets

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How pickpockets steal from inside jacket pockets usually involves the application of something disgusting, much like the pigeon poop pickpocket does. Occasionally, they use…

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U.S.Airways terminal in airline seat scam

Airline seat scam at U.S. Airways

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I’m ready for lousy treatment from airlines. I expect it. Even from U.S. Airways, a member of the Star Alliance, of which I’m a…

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Hotel shower curtain hung backwards

Hotel oddity #38

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Here’s another hotel oddity. The Marine Plaza Hotel in Mumbai got it a little wrong. The nice fabric shower curtain is on the inside,…

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Bangkok theft from tuk-tuk

Bangkok theft from tuk-tuk passengers

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Bangkok theft has gotten bad enough that police have posted warnings about theft from tuk-tuk passengers. The convenient little auto-rickshaws, ubiquitous on the streets…

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The durian-man must wear an armor-like glove in order to handle the spiky fruit.

Durian, the fragrant/foul fruit

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Durian. You love it. You hate it. Or you’ve never had it. This powerfully-fragrant fruit from Southeast Asia is considered so foul-smelling by some…

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Hotel room door: Mercure hotel room door left unlocked all day by housekeeping.

Hotel security: room door left open by housekeeping

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A lightning bolt of fear shoots down your spine when, returning late to your hotel room, you see the door is not fully closed….

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