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Trip Report Paris Shell Game

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This is not a full trip report but a very small partial.

We returned from Europe (ended in Paris) a couple of weeks ago.

On one of our last days we spent several hours in Montmartre. While wandering down from the church area we saw several people conducting the old shell game scam.

We were quite amused how easy it was to see under which inverted cup the little ball was. And of course, the person playing always got it wrong.

So, we figured they were working together trying to draw people into the game and then WHAM!!!. 50 Euros at a time.

Suddenly, a policeman on a motorcycle rode up and grabbed one of the scammers (the other two or three were suddenly nowhere to be seen).

He looked at his papers and told the scammer he didn't want to see him there again (in French). Then a took all of his money, crumpled it, and walked over to a drain grate and pushed the money down (I can just see this happening in the U.S. - no arrest and no report).

I asked the police officer why he did that (I had photographed the encounter).

He told me the money was counterfeit.

A different twit on the scam.

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