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Just refreshing a warning

I had my neck pouch with my credit card and bank cards as I walked through the metro to the train station in Barcelona. When a fellow traveler bumped me, I didn't pay much attention until I went to buy water and some food for the train trip and .... surprise.... no wallet. I did have my DL in there, why I don't know, and some Euros for daily spending. These guys are just so quick! I admit, I had let my guard down by not putting my DL and health insurance card in my pouch.....won't make that mistake again!!

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31465 posts

Terry, Thanks for posting this "refresher warning". I was in Barcelona in June, but fortunately didn't have any problems with pickpockets, including in the "high risk" areas of Las Ramblas, Metro and the rail station.

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8100 posts

You mean they put their hand down inside your shirt, took the wallet out of your neck pouch, and you didn't notice it?

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9363 posts

I think he means that he had his valuable stuff (except his drivers license) in the neck pouch, which was safe. They got his wallet, which only had a few euros and his DL in it. Am I right, Terry?

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2788 posts

I go to Europe every summer for 11 of the past 12 years for a month. I have always used a money belt and have never taken a wallet and that has worked fine for me. I carry my daily spending money or necessary tickets for that day in a zippered chest pocket. We all live and learn by our experiences.

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Jo....just the typical wallet in the back pocket. I kept everything else in a neck pouch and that was not touched. I like Charlie's suggestion. I hate having to dig out the neck pouch just to get money for a train, or snack. My wife has already commented on the wisdom of me keeping anything in the wallet except a couple of euros.
It's just frustrating...

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8100 posts

Ha! ok, I was wondering about that and it seems I misread the post. Sorry!

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As a side note: I used to use a money belt. It would fit around my rather rotund waist and I could cinch my belt over it to give it added protection. While going through security at CDG, the man asked for my passport and I undid my belt and reached in to grab it. I don't know what he thought I was doing, but he waved his hands and yelled, "No monseiur, passport." I tokd him I was getting it and when I pulled the passport out, he laughed so hard I thought was going to cry.

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HA!HA!HA! Thanks Terry - your CDG security story just made my day!!! p.s Sorry about your wallet!