For as long as there have been pants stitched with pockets, there have been people trying to pick 'em. They scheme in every city -- skills sharp, techniques tested, methods honed to a science -- for ways to separate unsuspecting tourists from their cash. And the only way to keep them from ruining your big trip to Euro Disney is to beat them at their own game; here's your guide to their secrets.
A Quick Primer
Pickpocketing is most often performed by teams, known as “whiz mobs,” and each member has a specific job. The “steer” selects a victim, also known as a “mark” or “vic.” A “stall” distracts the mark, while a “shade” obscures the actual act of theft -- known as the “dip” -- which is performed by the “tool” or “mechanic.” Are you writing this down?
Shortly after the dip, the goods are handed off to a runner, or “duke man." That way if the tool is confronted, he doesn't have to explain why he isn't holding anything. A “cannon,” by the way, is a thief with the chutzpah and finesse to do it all himself, known as “working single o.”