A Chinese tour guide in Paris who’d attempted to thwart a robbery involving two members of his group ended up having €25,000 (US$28,300) in cash as well as a brand-new Rolex watch stolen by pickpockets.
The tourists were unloading from a bus near their hotel when three men ran up and tried to make off with two of the female members’ designer handbags, according to AFP:
When the 32-year-old guide intervened, the men turned their attention to him and grabbed his bag containing €20,000 and nearly 5,000 Swiss francs (€4,500) and also the watch, which he had just bought for around 5,000 euros.
The robbers then left the scene in Carrieres-sur-Seine, 20km west of Paris, by car. “The guide had wanted to help two Chinese tourists targeted by three thieves who tried to take their Longchamp handbags,” a police source said. “The guide intervened and in the end it was him who was stripped of his possessions.”
As France has become an increasingly popular travel destination for Chinese tourists, thieves know to target them and their pockets full of renminbi (usually in cash). Apparently travelers are now relying heavily on the notion that strength lies in numbers.