The Louvre is being overrun by pickpockets
Security officers go on strike to protest the crime wave, closing down the museum as the busy tourist season starts picking up.
Pickpocketing at popular tourist destinations is nothing new -- just ask Disney (DIS) -- but the problem has grown much worse at the Louvre over the past 18 months. There are now roving gangs of pickpockets, many of them children, and they are getting increasingly violent.
Here's how they do it:
Large groups of children. The pickpockets swarm the museum in groups of up to 30, The Week reports. Admission is free for people under 18, so the children can get in anytime.
They target English speakers. Many of the pickpockets appear to be from eastern Europe. One will approach someone and say "Do you speak English?" or give him or her an English postcard to read. Then others will swarm the victims, surrounding them and stealing their valuables.
They are relentless. "The children are tough and very well organized," one member of the museum's staff told the Telegraph. "They stop at nothing to get what they want." If they get kicked out of the museum, they just come back the next day.
They threaten the guards. The Louvre employees come to work afraid, Time magazine reports. The pickpockets say they know where the guards live and that terrifies staff members.
Am I missing something here? What are they striking for? Some other "security officers" should catch those thieves?
This is pretty ridiculous. Charge admission, you *** **** socialists!!!!!
"The staff is revolting"......they can't help what they look like. Give them a break.
If it's an issue then just hire good looking people.
QUOTE - They are relentless. "The children are tough and very well organized," one member of the museum's staff . "They stop at nothing to get what they want." If they get kicked out of the museum, they just come back the next day.
Sounds like the 99% protesters from Wall Street found a new breeding ground.
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