Over a year ago, I found myself on a subway in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (If you’ve never been to Argentina, a 6-foot one inch, light skinned, brown haired man, sticks out).
The subway was crowded and my wife and I found ourselves standing up.
The guy standing behind me, with his arm hidden underneath his coat, was creeping closer and closer to my pocket.
In any country, the Subway is one of the places were pickpocketers tend to strike, as there’s no chasing someone if they get away right before doors closed.
Knowing this, my wife who was standing in front of me face to face, was watching my back as I was watching hers.
The moment the Subway came to a halt, the doors opened, and the guy standing behind me went for my right pocket. Fortunately, my wife saw the whole thing coming, slapped his hand away, and watched him jump off the Subway before I even knew what happened.
The funny thing is, I knew I’d be on the Subway when in Buenos Aires, so I’d purchase pants with zippers on them. My wallet was actually inside one of the zippers, which was inside another zipper.
So even if the pickpocketer was somehow, magically, able to get inside one zipper, he had another one to go. Making, a quick strike, which any pickpocketers looks for, highly unlikely.
Although, I can tell the story now with a bit of a smile on my face, as I imagine my wife slapping someone's hand away, losing my wallet could have transformed a fun vacation into not only a dreadful trip, but a long couple of months after getting back to Illinois because a lot of my information would have been in the hands of a thief.
Whether or not the pickpocketers would have stolen my identity or just some cash I had on hand, having personal information such as an ID, Passport, Social Security Number, Credit Card Numbers, etc… in the hands of a thief is never wise.