Let the baby hit the floor

Trip Start Jul 06, 2008
Trip End Jul 17, 2008

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Went to IU to celebrate Jacquis birthday earlier this week.  While at dinner I had to explain to her about the pickpockets in Rome...
Told her about Gypsies

In summer 2003, a new gypsy scam was reported to us by tourists in Rome - 'Baby Tossing'!
A young gypsy girl, woman or man will appear to accidentally drop her baby, or even throw it into your arms... While you reach out to save the baby from falling, you'll probably drop your camera or wallet, allowing other gypsies to quickly move in underneath you to pick up what you've dropped or rifle through your pockets like lightening while you hold the baby. They then obviously run off with your possessions, leaving you holding the baby - which you'll then realise is only a plastic doll. Cute, eh?
Some gypsies may even start attempting this with a real baby - They'd sooner have the cash... The real baby may be one they've actually kidnapped from another tourist, something else they're adept at.

 I told Jacqui we need to practice throwing babies at her.

Update- comment from Trip advisor
  The pickpockets may be more of a threat on the buses and metro trains. The 64 bus is notorious for pickpocket activity, so although it goes to a lot of attractions I was afraid to use it. Suggestion: Leave your passports, extra credit cards, anything you don't need to have with you in the hotel safe. Also, wear a money belt. My girlfriend didn't carry a handbag and secured her credit card and money in a little pouch that attaches to her bra under her shirt.
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