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21. Posted by Dezafinado (Respected Member 177 posts) 9y

All these stories are gettin' a bit wired. I wonder if it's okay to carry a machete with me while doing the town like Crocodile Dundee.

Worst I had was in Amsterdam while walking 'round town about 10:30pm or so. This big, black fella kept asking me in English if I had any money to spare. To which I said politely, "Sorry, I don't." I made a mistake of wearing a rather expensive leather jacket I had bought in Munich and it caught his attention. He kept walking along side me about 10-12 ft away and bothering me with more nagging, saying that I have money because of the jacket. This went on for 10-15 minutes and I was quite worried. I kept quiet and didn't react to the punk and he eventually let off.

That was the last time I wore anything fancy in a place I don't know.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 23, 2007, at 1:17 AM by Dezafinado ]

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

Quoting emma1979

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 ;)

Those sure sound like horrible people, Emma.
That does not take away from what a nice honest thing u did. ;)

23. Posted by Dezafinado (Respected Member 177 posts) 9y

fresh off the press...

U.S. tourist in Costa Rica kills mugger

By MARIANELA JIMENEZ, Associated Press Writer

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - An American senior citizen killed an alleged mugger with his bare hands, and his traveling companions aboard a tour bus fended of two other assailants in the Atlantic coast city of Limon, police said.

A retired member of the U.S. military aged about 70 put suspect Warner Segura in a head lock and broke his clavicle after the 20-year-old and two other men armed with a knife and gun held up their tour bus, Luis Hernandez, the police chief of Limon, 80 miles east of San Jose, said Thursday. Segura was later declared dead, apparently from asphyxiation.

The two other men fled when the 12 senior citizens started defending themselves during the Wednesday attack. Afterward, the tourists drove Segura to the Red Cross where he was declared dead. The Red Cross also treated one of the tourists for an anxiety attack, Hernandez said.

The tourists left on their Carnival cruise ship after the incident and Hernandez said authorities do not plan to press any charges against them.

"They were in their right to defend themselves after being held up," he said.

Hernandez said Segura had previous charges against him for assaults.

In a media statement, Miami, Fla.-based Carnival Cruise Lines said the Wednesday incident occurred during an outing at a Limon beach which a group of a dozen passengers had arranged on their own.

"According to witnesses, while sightseeing at a local beach, the group of guests were approached by three assailants, one of whom was armed," the statement said.

"The victims struggled with the armed perpetrator, and were able to disarm him. During this process, the gunman's two accomplices fled the scene. In the course of disarming and restraining the assailant, he died from apparent asphyxiation."

Neither the Costa Rican police nor Carnival identified the man involved in the struggle with the mugger.

The cruise line said the guests were questioned by local law enforcement and then returned to the ship. The ship's departure from Limon was slightly delayed to await their return.

"All of the guests involved, who had booked the cruise together as a group, have opted to continue with their vacation plans. Carnival is providing full support and assistance to the guests," according to the statement.

The ship, The Carnival Liberty, continued on its scheduled itinerary, with a port call scheduled in Colon, Panama.

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

Wow!!!
What a story, Dezafinado.

25. Posted by hawaiinate (Budding Member 33 posts) 9y

nothing as interesting/exotic as everyone elses story but a year ago me and my family were in Los Angeles USA and it was probably around 10PM and I had stepped outside the restraunt were were eating to answer my cell phone, now mind you we have family in LA so we weren't in one of the touristy areas of the city. so a fairly large guy comes up to me pulling a knife and asking for my cellphone/wallet, now like an idiot i didn't just immediatly do as I was told, I give him my cell phone, but keep insisting I left my wallet in my bag in the restraunt (which was true) but he doesn't buy it, keeps threatening me with the knife and asking for my wallet. suddenly the guy just collapses like a rag doll and there behind him is my older brother who is a 2nd dan black belt. he kicked the would be mugger in the back of the head and knocked him out. we called the police and they came and got him, the real pisser was that the guyss family wanted to sue us (the guy was only 17) he was out for 2 days

26. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 9y

I don't know if this classifies as a "mugging", but a few years ago I was in Buenos Aires. Myself and two English guys had attended a futbal match at the River Plate stadium.

When the game let out, we stupidly decided to break away from the crowds leaving the stadium, thinking this would be a safer alternative to walking in the midst of a giant riled up crowd.

Somehow, we ended up walking along the side of the highway, thinking this would lead us somewhere that we could catch a taxi. We were among a small crowd of other people and it soon occured to me that the guys in front of us were pretty drunk and of the rather "tough" variety of men. Sure enough, they soon noticed three gringos following behind them and must have been in the mood for a little mild harrassment. They encircled us and began grabbing at the possessions we had on our bodies. My hat disappeared, as did my sunglasses, which I stupidly snatched back. Then I noticed that a nice looking young man from behind us was coming to our aid. At least that's what I thought. As he approached me, he reached out his hand and snatched my sunglasses (which cost only a few pesos from somewhere).

At this point I realized the English blokes had found their way down the road and I was alone with these guys. Bear mind, I didn't blame them, and I don't feel they abandoned me in any way; they were just getting clear and making sure this didn't go terribly bad. So there I was face-to-face with a guy who was screaming at the top of his lungs, "UN PESO!" over and over. At that, I reached into my pocket and emptied about 6 pesos into his hand and took off running in the direction of the English kids. As I ran I had thrown beer bottles breaking all around me.

In the end, I was only out a ballcap, a pair of cheap sunglasses, a few pesos and some dignity, but it could have been worse.

Though definitely a negative experience, all of the other experiences I had with the people of Argentina were so amazingly positive, that it was easy to put behind me. Afterall, the same thing could easily have happened here at home, probably with a much worse result.

27. Posted by Dezafinado (Respected Member 177 posts) 9y

Quoting hawaiinate

nothing as interesting/exotic as everyone elses story but a year ago me and my family were in Los Angeles USA and it was probably around 10PM and I had stepped outside the restraunt were were eating to answer my cell phone, now mind you we have family in LA so we weren't in one of the touristy areas of the city. so a fairly large guy comes up to me pulling a knife and asking for my cellphone/wallet, now like an idiot i didn't just immediatly do as I was told, I give him my cell phone, but keep insisting I left my wallet in my bag in the restraunt (which was true) but he doesn't buy it, keeps threatening me with the knife and asking for my wallet. suddenly the guy just collapses like a rag doll and there behind him is my older brother who is a 2nd dan black belt. he kicked the would be mugger in the back of the head and knocked him out. we called the police and they came and got him, the real pisser was that the guyss family wanted to sue us (the guy was only 17) he was out for 2 days

Make sure you have a copy of the police report. I don't think the punk/his family has a hair of a chance in court as he was the aggressor. California is known for our ambulance chasers (lawyers). Heck, if we could sue God, we'd done it long ago.

28. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

I've been mugged twice, for a grand total of about 13swiss francs, and both times in Geneva of all places (and both in open public places in daytime!). Could have been much, much worse. The fact that i'm naturally extremely paranoid has probably helped as well, as it means i'm always looking ahead or with extra suspicion about everybody and every situation. Also had stuff stolen, and been pickpocketed once (plus a number of attempts) as well as a number of occassions i've had to bribe my way out, which is different but essentially official mugging

29. Posted by Petra M (Budding Member 65 posts) 9y

We witnessed a mugging on a train in Prague, Czech Republic in May 2006. I was traveling with my mother, brother, and his girlfriend at the time. While walking towards our train at the Hlavni trainstation we ran into a nice elderly couple from New York. We started chatting and discovered that they were catching the same train to Vienna, Austria. We all got onto the first class car, which was right behind the locomotive. We took one compartment and the American couple went next door. The husband decided he should use the washroom at the end of the car, leaving her to sort out the luggage. That was when this well dressed 'tourist' walked into her compartment and sat down, putting his small bag beside one of hers. "Is this second class?" he asked in English. "No", she replied "It's the next car over". Then he got up quickly, grabbed his bag and her handbag and dashed out. He threw her handbag to a waiting accomplice at the door of the first class car. And, then they both ran off down the train tracks. It all happened so quickly! We were shocked at how bold these thieves were. My brother and his girlfriend are both RCMP officers and they couldn't interfere at the time because it happened so fast, the guys were already down the tracks before they bolted next door. At least the American lady was unharmed, and she only had some makeup and food and about $100 American in the bag. A couple of police officers arrived shortly, but because they spoke no English and apparently were understaffed (or unmotivated) the American couple got nowhere with them. In the end they cut their losses and returned back to their compartment looking forward to spending the rest of their vacation in Vienna.

Petra M, Vancouver

30. Posted by tttom (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

I got mugged but it was on more of a summer holiday with friends in Tenerife! Got a taxi back to our apartment after a night out, obviously after a few drinks situations dont become clear and not being fighters myself and friends always like to think that we can talk our way out of situations.

Walking back to apartment and a car pulled up alongside us, i could just hear shouting coming from this car. Next thing i no 5 fairly big blokes jumped out, what seemed to be the main guy walked straight up to me and smacked me in the face. The one punch split my eye open and sent me straight to the floor. whilst i was on the floor they just kicked me and just stole my phone and wallet. They just casually walked off laughing, my mates were long gone! (i didnt hold a grudge against my friends tho... cant blame them!)

Quite a scary experience but one that i have learnt by, and although i thort i could suss people out pretty well i didnt see that coming. After such a heavy night i didnt even have much in my wallet anyway!