We recently came back from a great trip to Spain and Portugal. Unfortunately the first two hours in Barcelona weren’t much fun. Four of us were on a RS Spain trip starting in Barcelona. When we arrived at our first hotel, I noticed my wallet was missing from the FRONT ZIPPERED POCKET in my pants. While we aren’t sure, I think it was taken while we were on the train in from the airport.
When we arrived at the airport we went to get a group train ticket from the machine. We received assistance from a uniformed service person in the area. I took money from my wallet, purchased the ticket and placed the wallet back in my zippered pocket. I had purchased these pants expressly for this trip with the idea the zippered pocket would give the necessary protection from pickpockets. I don’t know if the thieves were watching us at that point and followed us onto the train. It would not surprise me.
When we went to get off the train, a woman in front of me stopped in the doorway while looking at a map. She mentioned something about “was this the correct stop for….” This caused people to be backed up and then we got off the train. That evening the four of us tried to figure out when it happened. Al and Sue remembered another woman behind me. If that in fact was when it happened, it appears I got tag teamed. Looking back, I do recall pressure against my body/leg. But as I told Jane “I certainly didn’t have the sensation that a woman unzipped my pants!”
The bad news is I lost the money and had to cancel the credit card that was in my wallet. But the majority of my money and other documentation I had were in my money belt. Lesson learned; don’t leave the credit card in your wallet. On the plus side, Jane and I travel with credit and debit cards with different account numbers. This was very important because while mine had to be cancelled, hers were still good. We no longer both carry a credit card from the same company/account.
On the very positive side, two days later I got an email from customer service at the train station. They had found my wallet still on the train with my credit card intact, the money gone. I had business cards in my wallet and they used my email address from them to contact me. Happy trails!