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1. Posted by jon_b (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

I need urgent advice from anyone who is Indian and knows Mumbai well. My girlfriend has had her bag stolen and has offered to return the bag if she pays 10€ for it. I think it is a crazy idea but I know what she is like, she will do it no matter what I say. They said for her to meet them tomorrow, and her friend (male) said that it is normal for India.

What could the theives be planning? Are they likely to just hand the stolen items over?

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Hello Jon_b
I wont lecture u about encouraging the thieves, by paying the 10 euros, because i am sure u realise this already.
If your girlfriend is determined to get her things back, then make sure she meets the thieves in a very public place. ie a cafe or bar where a lot of foreigners go.
I am not Indian, so i am going to ask somebody who is to advise u more on this.

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Hello Jon b
i did not hear anything back, yet, from my indian friend.
Did your girlfriend get her bag back?
U could check the dangers and annoyances section of your lonely planet book(if u have one) to find out, what they say about this type of problem.
Also, are there tourist police, in India, yet? It would also say that, in the Lonely Planet book.

4. Posted by MazDev (Budding Member 52 posts) 10y

We all know that the police in India is corrupt, so ask the police to come to the meeting point in civilian dress and get this thief. Offer the Police for this favour 10 US$

5. Posted by traveler1 (Full Member 190 posts) 10y

hey jon . . hvnt heard of anyone returning the belongings for a price . . neways if that happens its good...had mine stolen in barcelona...dint get anything bk...n its not abt the money..but the other personal belongings... so i can understand her..

If shes hell bent on getting it as mel said meet in a crowded place, that would be the from in case any help is required buzz me.

cya take care

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

My indian friend said the following. Jon b probably has sorted out his problem by now. But i will post it anyway.

hey Mel,

I dont know mumbai well - but if she doesnt have anything worth it - ask her ditch it... if all it has easily replaceable items, let her forget it - wierd these guys are jus asking for 10 euros... they wud normally try nd ask fr more i guess []..

or the best thing if she plans to meet them - do so in a public place ... if possible where there are police man around, and with certainly a male friend around...

And btw, its not normal for people to call back and return stuff they looted- even fr a reward - its never happened to me...but may be her bag didnt really have anythhing, so the thieves are trying to make best of the situation...

ask het to take care though

7. Posted by weaversgal (Full Member 107 posts) 10y

why are they asking for euro and not rupee?

have been told of similar goings on in Laos...

hope she gets her stuff back though

8. Posted by jon_b (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

She ended up sending a friend but the thief didn't turn up...not that I'm surprised!