September 17, 2006

The Trick with the Leg

The strangest thing happened to me last night while going out. I got robbed of my wallet, and a minute later it was handed back to me! ¡Que raro!

Saturday night on Las Ramblas, the Oxford Street or Leidsestraat of Barcelona. A couple of friends are waiting for me while I go to do my thing in a quiet corner (when I come to think of it, I seem to write about this repeatedly…err…). A guy comes up to me, asking “Quieres cerveza, do you want beer?” This is quite common in the city centre, there are always many mainly Pakistanis selling “five beers for six euros”. This guy seems Spanish though.

Either way, I thank him and want to walk on. But he extends his hand as if to say, “no worries pal”, a gestures which also doesn’t seem very harmful so I cheerfully shake his hand. But then he does The Trick with the Leg. While shaking my hand, he shakes my legs with on of his, which puts me off guard for just a split second. Coins roll over the street, and it takes just one second more for me to feel that my back pocket is empty. Stupid, I shouldn’t have put it there to begin with.

Just seconds after The Trick with the Leg I walk back intent to find the guy and get my wallet back. And practically the same moment he stands in front of me, gives it back and walks away. There was only a ten-euro note in there, was it not enough?

It all took less than a minute, and I still don’t really understand what happened just there. Was it him who took my wallet out, or another guy working with him? Why did he bother to return my wallet? Did he just want to teach me lesson or were his intentions less noble (which in fact seems more logical to me). Who but him can know? I’m happy enough my wallet is back with everything still in it. And more on my guard, from now on.

- 5 comments by 2 or more people

  1. Very odd indeed, but it is a case of not looking a gift horse in the mouth, eh? :0)

    17 Sep 2006, 23:49

  2. I’m having trouble working out exactly how he shook your leg without of his… without one or both of you falling over…

    18 Sep 2006, 00:09

  3. Eleanor Lovell

    Let that be a lesson! I had my handbag stolen on my last night in Barcelona when I was on hoilday there this summer. Had my camera and some money in. Wish someone had handed mine back to me : (

    18 Sep 2006, 09:10

  4. Yeah Gavin, it was a peculiar trick indeed. I´ll show you when I´m back at Warwick next year. LOL And Eleanor, uhu, I really think I learned my lesson just there! :-) But not enjoying the place any less because of what happened!

    18 Sep 2006, 18:28

  5. Yes, rub in the fact that I’m a graduate. No, seriously, it doesn’t upset me that I’m not a carefree student anymore at all


    18 Sep 2006, 23:12

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