Last night I went to L’Imprévu Café with my new friend Annie (see how many new friends I’m making lately? Amazing what happens when I get out of the house!)
We were enjoying our chai tea (it’s so good there) when two young guys approached us asking for money. They were using a technique I see more on the metro or on the street – silence, with their sad story written on a sign.
The sign proclaiming them out of work was really the prop. My friend had her iPhone on the table waiting for a call and one of the guys laid the sign on the table.
No, no, we said.
What he was really doing was stealing the iPhone from underneath the sign. It all happened so quickly and we didn’t see a thing. Though I had been immediately wary we didn’t even have time to realize what was happening.
I had instinctively clutched my bag closer to me when they approached, feeling something off. A decade of city living and I either always have my purse actually on my lap or on the floor, but with a leg fully through the strap and twisted. (I wonder what would happen if someone tried to take it. I’d feel the tug, which is the point. But would I be dragged along with it? At least it would create a scene).
But that I did not see coming. I feel so bad for my friend!
This sort of thing is running rampant in Paris. Just this week I heard of another friend getting his phone filched in a cafe and Kim of I Heart Paris tweeted that she’d run after a thief who had lifted someone else’s phone on a cafe terrace. (Whoa, Kim! Superhero!)
So, just another reminder to keep your guard up. Resist the temptation to keep your phone out. Someone will try for the grab.
The only real reason to have your iPhone out is if you’re say, at a Foodspotting event, where the main activity is taking photos of your food (segue?)
Foodspotting is a website and mobile application that welcomes users to upload photos of favorite foods they’ve encountered on their culinary adventures. This helps other users see (literally) what’s on the menu at a given restaurant near them.
Foodspotting also holds offline events and one finally came to Paris.
I wrote an article about the debut event for Girls’ Guide to Paris that just went live today. Freel free to check it out.
As for me, I still don’t even have a smartphone, so no snapping pics with it for me. Then again, my phone’s such a dinosaur it means no one in a million years would ever think to steal it. Maybe not so dumb after all.