I have just returned from a weekend in Paris, which was lovely, but we had a couple of encounters today that I’m curious about. Wondering if anyone here knows about this.
Walking past the Eiffel Tower, my wife and I were approached twice by people, we later found out were Romanian Gypsies.
First time, they asked my wife if she spoke English and then showed her a sheet of paper on a clipboard and mentioned “The Deaf Society”, presuming she was soliciting for donations we brushed her off*.
Only two minutes later while waiting fora tour bus, a more aggressive lady, literally thrust a pen into my hand and said “sign this”, very briefly looking at it, it seemed an identical sheet, and had one entry on it, where someone had completed their nationality, signed it, and one other box, which I didn’t catch, but certainly wasn’t a credit card number.
Now, I only got a very brief look, as the conductor for the tour bus chased this woman off, (quite aggressively too) and told us they were gypsies and that they were only after our wallets. We didn’t have time to discuss it with him, so I’m not real clear on how the gypsies planned to separate us from out money. Perhaps
A - hit us up for a donation, ostensibly for the charity,
B - While distracted, aim for a little pickpocketing, (I noticed a few signs around tourist areas “Beware of pickpockets”)
C - something else?
- We hate ‘charity muggers’ on the street, and at home we never support charities through that avenue.