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naples & pickpockets

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We were warned but still fell for it.
After a long day in pompeii we had returned to Naples by train. The bus terminus is across the square & the R2 was in. We boarded & were sat close to the exit. An old fellow got on looked around & got off. The bus driver started the bus after a further 5 minutes & we were off. 2 stops down a gang of between 6 & 8 60+year olds got on, no one seems to have tickets in Naples. I only had few Euros in my pocket & the pockets were not accessible whilst sat down.
We got to our stop & I got up. The old fellow behind me started doing a funny dance backward & forward and I stopped to let him pass. He didn't want to. The crowd at the exit hustled together to prevent us getting off. We couldn.t get past, the bus door was closing & the bus was about to move off. I reached for the bell, bus door reopened but the big old woman & man still blocked the way. They were complaining about me trying to push my way off whilst their mates were going through my pockets unknown to me.
I managed to squeeze my way through, got the kids off & then realised that I had lost some money. The bus door shut & away it went. Too late.
I can cope with 1 or 2 pickpockets I'd thought but a team of pensioners, one a woman who remind you of your parents was too much. Even if I'd known what they were up to I was not in any position then or looking back to have been able to do anything. How can you hit an old woman or man who may only be passenger & you don't speak their language.
Lesson learned - don't keep money in your pockets. When you read about pickpockets you don't expect a team of pensioners - now I do.

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