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Blocked of in the Metro & Possible Rose Scam

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Blocked of in the Metro & Possible Rose Scam

Postby KOVAKS on Wed Sep 17, 2008 1:51 pm

Contributed by Wendy Louie:

We just returned from a visit to Barcelona just two weeks ago and the scams you describe here are very familiar to us. One day four of us took the metro to the Picasso Museu in Barrio Gotico. When the train arrived, we lined-up two-by-two to board the train. Two of us got on the train, however when our friend Ken tried to get on behind Virginia, two gypsy women cut in front of him, forcing him to slow down. In the mean time, two other gypsy women got behind Virginia and tried to unzip her backpack. Fortunately, Virginia felt the bag being unzipped and glared at the women. Because Ken was concerned about getting on board, he didn't see the commotion in front of him. Once we were all on the train the four women made such a show, as if Virginia hurt them or something. Needless to say, the four women got off at the next stop. Surprisingly, the women who tried to pick pocket Virginia were very young. I believe one of them was as young as 16 or 17 years old.

We had another incident that day involving gypsy women in the Gothic Quarter, however, I'm now sure which scam it is. I remember reading your website about scams in Barcelona before I left, but I don't remember this one. It was the day before the St. George festival in Barcelona and we were walking down a street in the Barrio Gotico when a band of three or four gypsy women with flowers were trying to offer one to us and saying the flowers were for the "festival". Because of your warnings, I told everyone in our group not to accept and I said in my broken spanish to the women that the festival was "mañana". They kept repeating that the flowers were for "no money". What would they most likely have done to us if we did accept the flowers?
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