We were walking from the Eiffel Tower on Monday. About 2 blocks away on Avenue de la Bourdonnais my wife and I got hit by bird poop. That thing must have been a pterodactyl or an emu, because it spread down both our jackets. Luckily, some nice pedestrians came to help. They had Kleenex, and even some baby wipes. We thanked them, and flagged down a cab.
About 20 minutes later, in our hotel room, I tossed my wallet on the bed. It flopped open. It was empty. The "nice pedestrians" were professional pickpockets. We think the "bird poop" was baby food that they threw. They pulled my wallet, took the cards, and put the wallet back. I didn't feel a thing.
Called Mastercard and Amex immediately. Mastercard had already been hit for 2 $4,000 and 1 $2,000 transactions. That's $10K in less than 30 minutes. Mastercard froze our credit and they say it will be investigated. I asked if I should report to Paris police and the Mastercard lady said it's up to me.
BTW, to report to the police would require me to return to where it happened and then to locate the closest police station. I didn't do it.
The bad guys didn't try Amex.