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Makes one wonder what the wallet/purse is doing lying there in the cart. Being an easier mark, of course. Doesn't seem a difficult concept, but some (like the lady in the article) don't seem to have gotten it yet. Well, she's gotten it now.Originally Posted by From the article
Pickpocketing instances also goes up, during the "season" when more folks tend to have cash/cards with them.
Keep your wits about you. Keep your eyes on your stuff. Don't get easily distracted by strangers. Be discreet, under the "radar" (particularly with wallet, purse, cash).
Good reminder, though. (Thanks, lady.)
* As for the thieves, it's entirely likely, if they made 7+ purchases via the stolen card in a mall, they were recorded doing so. Had a roommate long ago who opted to steal the cards/ID of another roommate, and he then proceeded to go on a spending spree in shop after shop that had videocam coverage. He was stopped at one when the card came up closed/canceled, evaded capture, but was tracked down via all those recordings of him. Amazing what $10K+ in purchases will do for your "desirability" (by the law).
Basic SA...I like to think I'm aware of others around me. I'm so paranoid that I don't even carry a wallet.
i see all the time while shopping with my wife, purse in the front of the cart, opened up where you can see wallet and cell phone and the lady has her back to it 10 feet away squatting down to get something off a shelf. and then they wonder why there stuff get lifted???????????????
I vstay away on black friday,if i happen top be out and about it wont be near any shopping areas,i can do without the challenge to my self controll.
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My wife and I were shopping in Chicago and I was amazed at my wife not noticing the guy continuing to follow her through the women's shoe section. She was oblivious, and he was obvious.
What amazed me more was his oblivity to me watching it all from 15'... I stepped in when he got close enough to try something and he quickly left. Being Chicago he has nothing to fear as a criminal, so why not I guess...
He was just waiting for her to sit down and try on a pair I guess.
Be careful everyone.
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After I left the Marine Corps, and before I started working as a LEO, I worked at Best Buy for almost 2years. Surprised me how oblivious some people are, and how brazen some are. I worked 2 Black Fridays there, people lose their minds.
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I'm one of those that's bad about my bag in the cart. I'm usually right there in front of the cart but I'll catch myself taking a step or two away from it to get something off a shelf. I never carry cash but it's still a horrible thing to do. That's actually one reason why I don't purse carry - I'm just not careful enough with my purse (purse snatching while walking is the other big reason) I really should just ditch the purse altogether and start carrying a wallet in my pocket...
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Men's pockets are so much better for holding stuff. I only wear men's pants/shorts to work so I'll have bigger pockets. I'm just fashion conscious enough I can't bring myself to do it on non work days...
Funny, my wife will walk away from her purse but yell at me if I then walk away.
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When I see folks walking along while staring at the their whatever device I just assume they are reading DefensiveCarry in preparation for some unforseen, unlikely, but possible event.
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Last edited by Doghandler; November 25th, 2012 at 10:57 PM.
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Every time I go to the grocery store, the majority of women I see have their purse in the cart, wide open and the cash sitting in it is completely visible jjust by walking past their cart. I just don't get some people and gave up trying to. :D
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