Gypsie Pick Pockets

Dec 13th, 2000, 09:14 AM
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If you are talking about thieves please just say thieves.There is no need for all this.
Dec 13th, 2000, 09:38 AM
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Would you all please stop this holier than thou PC crap!!! "Oh I'm so better than you."

As you guys saw from Mike's post, one of the accepted definitions of Gypsies is Vagabond Etc....

If you are SO worried about being PC (SHEILA) than for god's sake use their official term "Romani" or any of its various derivitives.

You fucks are so annoying.
Dec 13th, 2000, 10:05 AM
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Whew, Lem! I bet you're glad you brought this up!
Let me tell you about my non-experiences with, uh,, uh, vagabonds in Rome.
We were there in May and kept waiting to get hit by them, but it never happened. I don't know if the Italian police have cleaned them out or what.
We outfitted ourselves with a handy money belt that fits inside inside the front of your slacks and is hooked onto your belt. It fits nicely and is comfortable. I wish I could tell you where I got it, but all I can remember is that I ordered it from one of those specialty travel catalogs.
By the way, there are Watcha-Call-Its in the U.S. Their special scams:
Fake home repair, including blacktopping driveways with ordinaey paint -- they prey on the elderly, and
Causing a ruckus in stores or supermarkets to distract security and then making off with the goods.
Their origin is India, not Europe.
Dec 13th, 2000, 10:17 AM
Igor Marks
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I am Romish. I come to seal your driveway, roof your house, and steal your money. HAHAHA
Dec 13th, 2000, 10:20 AM
Tony Hughes
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I'm staying out of this one ...
Dec 13th, 2000, 10:30 AM
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Here is a little number I performed about Gypsies, er, Romish:

written by Bob Stone

performed by Cher and others

I was born in the wagon of a traveling show
My momma used to dance for the money they'd throw
Papa would do whatever he could
Preach a little Gospel
Sell a couple bottles of Dr. Good(1)

Gypsies, tramps and thieves
We'd hear it from the people of the town
They'd call us
Gypsies, tramps and thieves
But every night all the men would come around
And lay their money down

Picked up a boy just south of Mobile(2)
Gave him a ride, filled him with a hot meal
I was 16, he was 21
Rode with us to Memphis(3)
And Papa woulda shot 'im if he knew what he'd done


I never had schoolin' but he taught me well
With his smooth, Southern style
Three months later I'm a gal in trouble(4)
And I haven't seen him for a while
I haven't seen him for a while

She was born in the wagon of a traveling show
Her momma used to dance for the money they'd throw
Grandpa would do whatever he could
Preach a little Gospel
Sell a couple bottles of Dr. Good

Repeat Chorus

(1) Traveling shows often sold medicines with imaginative names. Some contained opium or other narcotics or cocaine. It's not surprising that they were quite popular.
(2) a city in Alabama
(3) a city in Tennessee, more than 500 miles (800 kilometers) from Mobile, a long way in a wagon pulled by horses
(4) "in trouble" when describing a young women usually means she's pregnant
Dec 13th, 2000, 10:46 AM
Charlton Heston
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This is a good reason to always pack some heat so you can blow these suckers away when they come around. I recommend a 45 as a good all around general purpose anti-Gypsy device. However, if the gang is all children than a nice chrome plated 22 will work very nicely. In that case the 45 would be a case of overkill.

Thank you, and God bless George Bush (and his Daddy).
Dec 13th, 2000, 12:34 PM
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I had a "gypsy" hand me a carnation then proceed to read my palm in Seville...when I said not interested and refused to pay her, she swiped back the flower. Isn't that INDIAN giving????

I'm so confused.
Dec 14th, 2000, 12:04 AM
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SO ANYWAY, Lem....back to your question. If you must have a wallet, don't carry it in your back pocket. That's the first place the thieves feel up. Also, keep your reflexes quick--my brother was pretty fast in pinning a gypsy girl to a train door, forcing her partner to return his wallet or be separated or caught. Money belts are worth the discomfort, let me tell you.
Dec 14th, 2000, 03:06 AM
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Also watch for groups of these people trying to encircle you or just getting too close. If you keep them at a distance, your chances of a confrontation are less.
Dec 14th, 2000, 05:52 AM
Lem Miller
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Thank you everyone that responded to my message. I apoligize to those that I offended. It was not my intention to single out any race or particular group. Many of the travel books that I have read specifically warn of gypsie thieves. For those that were offended perhaps you should no longer use this web site since they too refer to the "Gypsie Thieves" It is unfortunate that we now live in an age whereas a simple question is now percieved to be an insult and you cannot get an answer without all the political posturing. The U.S. Presidential election has clearly illustrated that.... of course, that is another topic altogether. Many thanks to those that answered a simple question from a simple man.
Dec 14th, 2000, 08:28 AM
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You're "simple" alright Lem! Why don't you take your own advice and stay off this site.
Dec 14th, 2000, 10:25 AM
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Actually Lem, I wouldn't want to be categorised with those who had a go at you and I feel a bit guilty for having started it, but I do feel strongly about racial generalisation and I was only trying to guide you quietly in avoiding what, in some circles, would ne a solecism. I think you got two sets of information from the question and if we all just ignore those who managed to be rude about it I guess we'll live longer!!
Dec 14th, 2000, 10:44 AM
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Do the Fodor's publications also spell gypsy in that most unusual way ("gypsie"). I've never seen that before.

I think Sheila was absolutely right in content and tone every time she said anything on this thread.
Dec 14th, 2000, 11:18 AM
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Looks like Fedup and Schoolmarm are still mad over the election. Typical Gore voters, all action and no thought. At least Schoolmarm can spell.
Dec 14th, 2000, 11:26 AM
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BJ get a life. Gore or Bush has nothing to do with Lem's racist troll posting. And what's spelled wrong in my posting. You suck.
Dec 15th, 2000, 07:36 PM
Mr. Borsaiuolo to you
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Experts agree that the United States of America has the world's most racially, ethnically, economically, sexually, generationally heterogeneous pickpocket force in the world, so why do you come to Europe expected us to be all the same?
Dec 15th, 2000, 08:25 PM
schoolmarm & Mr. Borsaiouolo
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Where exactly does the Fodors lit refer to gypsy thieves or "gypsie [sic] thieves")?
Dec 18th, 2000, 11:54 AM
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Gypsies, tramps, and thieves.
Jan 28th, 2002, 06:37 PM
Rosemarie Garman
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To Charlton Heston (ha ha) Very funny but this particular chat group seems a bit touchy and I am afraid might take you up on your suggestions.
To Sharon who lost her bloom...I mean rose. "Indian giver"? Not India. You do know don't you that "pale faces" "speaking with forked tongues" called Native Americans that.Rather ironic when one considers all the broken treaties and stolen lands perpetrated by "non-Indians".

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