I had been my knapsack stolen from me right under my nose today. After a long walk in La Boca with some friends, we travelled over to San Telmo to meet up wtih some friends. There were 4 of us sitting in a star bucks cafe.
I left my bag on the floor just beside my feet while we were sitting on high stools and exchanging stories about the day. Just as we were talking, I had my bag stolen from under our noses even though there were 4 of us sitting on the table! It was so fast that its hard to believe as I had just reached for something from my bag just less than 5 minutes before.
My whole gang was simply shocked that it missed their eyes as well. As we compared stories, the friend sitting opposite me mentioned that he saw a couple coming into the shop and stood briefly behind me. The male accomplice bend down to pick up a newspaper from the rack which was just beside us. It seemed very normal to him hence he did not notice anything amiss as the couple appeared very natural.
It seems that these theives always worked in pairs, one to distract and another to do the pilfering. Hence beware and be warned! Always placed your bags on your laps or between your legs where it cannot be pulled without your attention! Otherwise, tie your bag to your chair with something to prevent someone from pulling it away.
No where is safe - even in a shop like star bucks! Just the night before when we were having dinner - we were told by a waiter not to place our bags on the floor - as the Argentinians say that 'bag on the floor and money in the sky.' We thought that this was a saying, but little did we not know that this was entirely literally true!
Unfortunately for me, I had 2 North Face Jackets as the weather was cold and a sunglasses whose value already came up to more than 800 bucks.