Never let life’s hardships disturb you … no one can avoid problems, not even saints or sages.
A lesson I just learned recently. The hard way.
7 years in New Zealand. I’m so used to what’s being practiced in here – an honest life. Not many thieving activities. Let alone pickpocketing.
I left my handbag once, but got everything back, without a single thing missing.
It was very naive of me to think that everybody in this world would share the same quality. Because of that I was left almost penniless on my way from Madrid to Lisbon. Thank God that the thief (or thieves because I was told they operate in a group) has a code of ethics. ‘Take only cash. Return the purse to the owner.’ Otherwise only God knows what would happen to me. No money to pay for the accommodation, nor food.
Since then, I guarded my handbag really well. I would make sure that I could see the handbag’s zip all the time. Yes, instead of the zip be behind your back, it should be pointing towards you. Where you can see it all the time. That will make it harder for them to open your bag without being seen.
Never underestimate these petty thieves. They are really good at what they are doing. I held my handbag most of the time. The only time I let my guard down was when the train had arrived and I was ready to hop in. Even in that few seconds of moment, he managed to outsmart me. I hadn’t realized it at all!
Oh well, if it is meant to happen, it will happen. But there’s no harm in trying our hardest to prevent this from happening, right?