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overcharge scam

Overcharge scam or accidental mistake?

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Overcharge Scam “Do you take credit cards?” “Si, signora,” the salesman replied. “How much is this pepper grinder?” “€12.90.” So why was the credit…

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Pickpockets on Rome Metro

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Hunting Pickpockets on Rome Metro As we rode the steep escalator to the depths of Rome’s Termini Station we marveled at the swirling, pushing,…

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At large in Rome

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We spent some time observing this woman in Rome. She carried a child in a sling and walked with another woman. We thought we…

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The tasteful tourist

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Bob and I looked at each other in disbelief. Only we knew the incredible odds we’d just beaten. To stroll into Rome’s Termini, the…

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Rome train station

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Rome, Italy—Termini Station serves up buses, trains, and the subway. Four long rows of ticket machines busily dispense tickets and confound travelers. Traffic is…

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Street crime in Rome

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In a quick visit to Rome last month, Bob and I found it pretty quiet on the streets, theft-wise. Granted, we only spent a…

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Baby thieves

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…continuing the story Tourists and thieves: a collision course ROME POLICE OFFICER CELINI remembered us from previous visits and greeted us warmly. Without asking,…

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Filming pickpockets

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Bob and I began our field research on street thievery in 1993, when we quit our steady jobs in Las Vegas to combine freelancing…

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Tourists and thieves: a collision course

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Yoshi Sugohara stood stoic and penniless in a phone booth, using our phone card. He called a number given him by the Rome police,…

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An ordinary day in the center of Rome

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High and Dry on the Streets of Elsewhere Chapter One, part-e, Travel Advisory – A somber crowd was gathered outside the police station. While…

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