""Helpful" youngsters at Gare du Nord" Métro & Trains Tip by CruisingGoddess
Métro & Trains, Paris: 93 reviews and 33 photos
We took the train from from London to Gare du Nord during our trip. We noticed there were many youngsters hanging around, mostly young men, who would clutter in small groups to chat and then break off. They would approach people in the station, especially those in line for the automated ticket machine, asking if they can help them. There were also young women with clipboards asking you to sign petitions. Having read many of the Warnings & Dangers, we knew most of these youngsters were pickpockets, looking for a chance to distract you, so my husband and I were extra vigilant. Simply ignore anyone who approaches you and asks you to sign something. If you do need assistance, go to an official information desk or ticket counter. While doing anything, such as buying tickets, looking at a map, reading signs, going to the restroom, etc., have someone in your party keep watch. Pickpockets tend to stay away from people who are aware of their surroundings and are less likely to be distracted.
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