Ladies Beware

United States
December 9, 2007 10:42pm CST
Ladies, tis the season for crooks. I can remember when I lived in Detroit we would see an increase in crimes. One of the things the crooks do this time of year is walk through stores that have shoppingg carts, follow the women who leave their purses in the shopping cart, wait for them to turn their heads, snatch their purses then casually walk away with it. Keep your purses on your body and be aware of your surroundings at all times.
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
10 Dec 07
It's funny, when my mom and I lived in the Bay Area she never had someone try to steal her purse if it was in the cart. She could even walk a few feet away from it and it wouldn't get stolen! She did however have a couple of instances where she had her purse's strap around her shoulder and the purse was next to her body and thieves went after it. One instance was at Fisherman's Wharf and someone snatched the strap right off her shoulder. It was very crowded and she didn't even realize her purse was gone until she tried to make a purchase. The other time was in Woolsworth. A couple of young boys came up to her and pretended to help her grab something out of reach. One boy helped her (he's the one that distracted her) and the other boy opened her purse while she had it next to her body, and carefully took her wallet out. She didn't even feel the purse open, this guy was so sly. I personally don't like to keep my purse in the cart, no matter what time of year it is. Why subject myself to my purse getting stolen. I've seen a lot of women (not just my mom) do this and I feel it's like asking someone to come and steal it! But then again maybe these women had similar instances like my mom did and feel it's safer in the cart. Who knows?
• United States
10 Dec 07
dear S...oh...i'm so thankful my daughter 24 years old that lives in California didn't have her purse stolen when she's been in SanFrancisco...they say there's alot of crime there lately...
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
11 Dec 07
This happened to my mom several years ago when I was about 8 years old. I have no doubt the crime rate in San Francisco has gotten worse since then. :(
• United States
10 Dec 07
dear M...you are so correct...i too see women doing this all the time, and it saddens me that they could have their purses stolen this way. when we were children, all the women left their purse in their carts and walked around and nothing got taken, so it saddens me to think how times have changed in regards to what our mother's used to do. i think how you are attempting to raise awareness to this situation is very nice, and also we should remind women who are doing this christmas shopping or whatever, that when they use the department store, or mall restroom don't put their pocketbook or purse on the floor of their bathroom stall, as it can be removed by the person in the next stall and stolen and run out with before you can even put your clothes on to chase after them...let's all be aware and have a safe holiday season...stanzi
• United States
10 Dec 07
I agree, it is so sad that we have to watch for so much nowadays. I would also like to ask everyone to let women know when they see her walk away from her purse. Just yesturday I was in Walmart and say a $10 bill just sticking up out of a woman's purse that she had sitting in the shopping cart. I actually saw it from a distance, that's how prominant it was. When I got up to her I just tapped her and told her that she might want to put it someplace safer. She was very greatful because she said she just was not thinking. So, let's be sure to look out for one another.
@chrislotz (8200)
• Canada
11 Dec 07
These things can and do happen to men too. Not just ladies. Everyone has to be very careful with pocket pickers. When someone bumps into you, check to see that you are not missing something. My hubby was shopping the other day and someone bumped into him and about half an hour later he went to pay for something he was buying and his wallet was gone. Right out of his front pocket of his pants. I can't imagine that he didn't feel someone lifting it out, but he didn't. He can only figure it was the person who bumped into him. So when he got home we had to phone the bank and report his credit card and bank card missing. Then we had to go to the bank to get another one and reactivate it again. What a pain. It was a good thing he didn't have his drivers license in his wallet so we didn't have to do anything about that. And he never carries very much cash either, so he wasn't out much money. I bet that pick pocketer wasn't very happy with his find.
@subha12 (18449)
• India
11 Dec 07
thanks a lot for this post. i am not from detroit. but there are many here. Also it does not mean this will only happen in detroit. so thanks .