Pickpockets Sousse Reviews
Beware of pickpockets in Sousse Jan 19, 2008
It was february 2008 and we visited Sousse in Tunisia for one week. The first afternoon we walked on the beach (too cold to swim) when a man came to us and started to talk with us. Because we were used to Indonesian people (sellers too) by our former holidays, we weren't suspicious at all and talked a while with the man (very friendly). After a while he asked us if we wanted to buy oranges and nuts. Well offcourse! Ron pulled out some coins out of his pockets. While counting the money in his hand, the seller rapidly 'helped' Ron searching for dinars. It all went so fast, before we could react the man was gone, leaving us with the oranges and an indescribable feeling that we were being swindled!! While the seller was searching for Dinars in Rons hand, he must have stolen two or three 2-Euro coins. Not a jackpot, but we felt an awfull dreadfull emotion! Not a nice way to make acquintance with a new country!
Two days later we were walking in the small (beautifull) streets of the old town Sousse with 2 Dutch girls we met in the hotel. It was bright daylight, hot weather and we strolled to the shops a few minutes away from us. A local man came to us and talked friendly with us (where are you from, are you staying long time here, etc.) He held a jacket upon his both arms, stretched it out and asked if we were interested in buying the jacket. We started feeling uncomfortable, told him to leave us alone and walked backwards. Ron had a belt bag under his t-shirt where he kept his medicines and our passports (no money!). The man left luckily into a small street, leaving us alone. But Ron felt strange about it all and checked his belt bag. The passports were still in it but the thief must have had a chance to steel Ron's medicine! The bas***d! We all started running after the pickpocket wit lots of adrenaline running through our vains (crazy of course and dangerous too). The man stopped running when he noticed his catch had no value for him, returned the medicine to Ron with the memorable words "Let this be a lesson for you when you are in my country. Never trust friendly people".
The lesson we learned: The most unkind people we ever met must be living in Sousse. The sellers in the shops were also dreadfull, annoying, bugging us with every meter we walked. There was no way to enjoy and look calm to the stuff they were selling (didn't buy souvenirs!). Instead of that we put up our sun glasses, did not react anymore on questions (how are you, where do you come from, come into my shop etc.) and fled back to the save bounderies of our hotel.
Sousse? No thank you!!
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