Yesterday i came across a pickpocket group of girls on the tram. Unfortunately for them, they picked on my my elderly father in law. when i was with him.
it was the classic dodge where someone nips in ahead of everyone getting on a bus or train and prevents forward movement of the passengers while the accomplices squeeze up in behind and try and pick any pockets or bags in the confusion.
The ringleader girl had nipped in in front of me and very deliberately prevented forward movement. My attempts at trying to get past politely were expertly blocked. I looked down to see her hand was covered by a jacket in the classic pickpocket variation of the waiters towel -intended to alow the pickpocket to fiddle with folk's belongings unseen.
I shoved past her which unblocked the path and turned to my FIL to check on him and said pickpockets [i should have shouted this to alert the whiole tram but it was all too fast] -at which pickpocket number one signalled to her crew and escaped My FILs wallet was half out of his pocket but they were more concerned that they had been rumbled to try and take any loot.
[he had been told about the riskiness of wallets in back pockets but had accidently put it bnback there since its his usual habit]
unfortunately for the rest of Nice, everything happened to quickly to call the police.or get a decent description.Edited: 19 September 2010, 10:17