I read a really interesting, enlightening [or endarkening, I suppose] article about pickpockets!
It listed the ten worst world-wide destinations for pickpocketing. Go figure -- all of them are in Europe.
The Cities of the Cutpurse… as Charles Dickens may have put it! And get this -- four of them are in Spain! Here is the list, in order of likeliness of losing your hard-earned dough on any given day:
1. Barcelona, Spain
2. Rome, Italy
3. Paris, France
4. Madrid, Spain
5. Athens, Greece
6. Prague, Czech Republic
7. Costa Brava, Spain
8. Lisbon, Portugal
9. Tenerife, Spain
10. London, England
You know, I'm no saint, for sure. I do things that are bad sometimes. But I can't imagine how a person can make it their business to constantly rob innocent people. Your full-time occupation is to ruin people's vacations, etc.
Nope. I will stick to my boring [but honest] day-job!
And if I ever travel to any of these otherwise beautiful cities, listed above -- well, I guess I'll just be extra-vigilant. And carry a big stick!