News of the female Barcelona resident who is single-handedly taking-on robbers in the metro system of Barcelona has been doing the rounds of Spanish and Catalan language media for the last two weeks. However, the story received a boost when it featured in the respected English language newspaper “The Guardian” yesterday, which will push the story to millions of new readers.
The lady in question is originally from Colombia, which points to another example of the expatriate community in Barcelona trying to do something about the problem, whilst the locals and local authorities remain lethargic.
Let me quote a few lines from it:
A lone woman armed with a whistle and enormous courage has set herself the task of defending unsuspecting tourists from the pickpockets who plague Barcelona.
“They normally run off when they hear the whistle,” Guerrero told the Guardian. “But sometimes they threaten me and last week, after I stopped them robbing someone, one of them grabbed me and sprained my finger.”
Guerrero, 38, started her campaign after seeing a thief snatch a bag from a German tourist, look inside and then hurl it away – smashing the insulin containers inside, despite the pleas of the tourist involved.
Thanks to Christoffer for pointing us in the direction of this video from La Vanguardia: