"help the barcelona police - go someplace else" Pickpockets Tip by oferdesade
Pickpockets, Barcelona: 116 reviews and 28 photos
Barcelona is for pickpockets
by oferdesade - last update: Apr 24, 2011
although barcelona is one of the most exciting, beautiful cities I've ever visited, it is number 1 in the world for pickpockets. when i asked locals about this (at the police station where i reported and at the hotel), the reply was, "where there are lots of tourists, there are lots of pickpockets".
this, of course, is baloney, because they far outstrip rome, london, paris and other high-pressure tourist locales.
but, of course, since it is such a wonderful place and since we would all like to do our bit to help the barcelon police in their half-hearted attempt at fighting this blight, i would suggest boycotting barcelona until they show some signs of success in their fight.
after all, if there will be less tourists, maybe (according to their logic) the pickpockets will also go elsewhere.
nearly everyone falls victim
the blonde at the picasso museum, my dad, nobody actually brings this up until you tell them that you too were vandalized. then, suddenly, you realize that it's nearly every second tourist in barcelona who has had to divert his money - not to enjoyment, but to some petty thief's retirement fund.
the story is always the same - i've been to the far east, africa, everywhere which should be less safe. but the expertise of these people is so high that it can only be the result of unhindered practice.
my dad - and i will admit that he tends towards the the melodramatic conspiracy theory narrative in general - is certain that he was followed from the hotel and reported upon by the clerk, the taxi driver etc. all the way to the airport where he lost 600 euros. other people tell stories of mere carelessness.
whatever the story, why should we spend our vacation in a paranoid mindset? why should all those thousands go down the drain for the lifting of a coupla hundred. even if the loss is slight, the insult is enough to ruin a well-planned, well paid for vacation that should be spent in a mood of uninhibited joy.
and if barcelona cant supply that, then let's go somewhere else, less beautiful, perhaps, less exciting, but more carefree, from which we wont come back home sorry
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