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11. Posted by mally (Respected Member 199 posts) 10y

i was mugged once. he ran up behind and took hold of my purse. i lunged forward automatically grabbed at the throut - he went blue. all the time women walked passed saying "look at that woman beating up her husbnd!!!(in spanish ) maybe it's exceptable in Spain he must have been black and blue . he got what he diserved. if all muggers got a good hiding they wouldn't do it. the legal system always falls the poorer person.

12. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

i was in london and while i was getting on the bus my phone rang, while i answered it and at the same time paying for my bus ticket, some black dude, 6 foot mongo child snatched it from my hand from behind me. he was real good at it! i turned around and 500 yards up the road i saw linford christie!

they always say never chase and all that, i didnt think, i was wearing a suit, and i chased after the guy, i had another mobile phone on me, while i was chasing him i was talking to the police on the other end, but they couldnt be assed to assist me. well they said they would send the police but more like 5 hours later.

after some wild chasing that lasted for 15 minutes. he was slowing down but so was i. he brought me into this horrible built up maze of flats...i lost him in that maze. just as well because, i felt it could have been a trap. plus i could have got stabbed.

armed police called to my place that night, i gave description, they said i was stupid to chase after him. and i know that. but when you are in situations such as those, you dont think,you just act on impulse.

anyway he got my phone...and that was that.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 21, 2007, at 2:44 AM by oslaue ]

13. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Kkwijibo

No never.
I usually keep all money and valuables well out of sight. Also, all shiny looking jewelery, even if it is not valuable. I think these precautions can go a long way, to preventing muggings.

I was however pickpocketed once, in Dublin, where I lived. I put my purse, in my jacket pocket, and hung it on a chair, while I was doing something. Within a 1 minute somebody had stolen my purse. One can never afford to be careless. I did not do anything about it.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 21, 2007, at 2:48 AM by Mel. ]

14. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

my mum also got mugged, well pick pocketed...she was in a cafe, and left her bag on the ground (beside) her, another woman sat close to her, a member of staff asked my mum wheres her bag, she was like, o shit its gone, my mum saw the woman go out the store with the bag, dump the bag and just take the wallet.

took maybe 30 euro...getting robbed is one thing, i wish they would just take the cash, cos taking all the creidt cards etc is pointless to them. and just causes us huge hassle than anything else!

now when my mum leaves her hand bag on the ground she puts the foot of the stool through the strap...but this can also fail you...the robbers get bolder and bolder.....and will route through your bag while your eating even...

always have your possessions in view...unless you want to get robbed...if its in your view then this makes the robbed think twice about taking your possessions....most robbers act on impulse.

also now that i think of it my sister had her mobile robbed out of her hands also in dublin...by 2 guys. my sisters boyfriend caught one of the guys but the guy without the mobile, police came, rang the mobile and the guy answered and said he wasnt giving it back...police couldnt do anything...nor could they do anything to his friend as he wasnt the guy that took the phone...police in ireland are a joke anyway!

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 21, 2007, at 3:11 AM by oslaue ]

15. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

Never. When I travel, I probably have too seedy an appearance to be considered a worthy target.

Got pickpocketed on a Bolivian bus, though, and the story about the Peruvian police sounds familiar to me... the Cochabamba strong arm was polite, but painstakingly slow and they wouldn't let me leave once I realised how much time this was gonna cost, just for my stupid (and not so expensive) camera. Plus, I had to pay for the report! Talk about an interesting view on public safety :)

16. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

I "lost" 150€ in a train in India. I still don't know how and when exactly I lost it. But it was pretty damn stupid. I could even have left it in my hotel (where I counted it, I remember). But atleast someone had a very good day. I hope it was a poor guy who found it;)

17. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

Quoting wouterrr

I "lost" 150€ in a train in India. I still don't know how and when exactly I lost it. But it was pretty damn stupid. I could even have left it in my hotel (where I counted it, I remember). But atleast someone had a very good day. I hope it was a poor guy who found it;)

wouterrr, you were responsible for the death of a indian man that i once read about, were he found €150 in some hotel room and drank himself to heaven. yes he was poor. but he died a happy man.

18. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting oslaue

wouterrr, you were responsible for the death of a indian man that i once read about, were he found €150 in some hotel room and drank himself to heaven. yes he was poor. but he died a happy man.

Atleast one good thing I am responsible for. Nothing is better then an overdose of alcohol. Especially the "foam at the mouth" part is fun

19. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 9y

My mother twice had the experience of having her chain pulled in Colombo. Once when returning from her usual evening walk, a man pulled her chain and started running off. She actually gave chase and passers-by eventually helped in stopping the person and had him return the chain. The second time, she was walking towards the bus-stand, after visiting a friend's house and three men seated in the back seat of a a three-wheel (auto-rickshaw) lunged out and grabbed her 'thali' (a chain). My mother instinctively held onto it and they punched her in her face and drove off with the 'chain'. We later scolded for having resisted as there had been similar incidents during that period, where reports of people being knifed over chains were coming up over the news.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 21, 2007, at 5:50 AM by Ahila ]

20. Posted by emma1979 (Full Member 126 posts) 9y

This isn't a mugging story but it kinds of fits in with people having things returned to them so I'm going to share...when i was in Ao Nang my boyfriend was swimming in the sea when he found a small waterproof bag containing a big wad of baht. There had been a couple swimming about where he'd been so he asked if it was theirs. They said yes, didn't thank him for returning it and then made him wait while they checked all the money was there!!!! We should have spent it on beer ;)