A member of the United States military stationed in Belgium has informed “Robbed in Barcelona” how he was relieved of his US$500 camera on Barcelona’s metro system.
To make matters worse, it was the day of his birthday. The incident took place in the first week of August.
He and his family were traveling on Line 5 between Diagonal and Passeig de Gracia, and whilst he was trying to protect his family on the train, as he had been advised to do. “I had my arms kind of wrapped around my wife and kids trying to keep everybody off of them.” He took his attention off his camera which he had slung around his back. When the time came to get off the train, the camera was gone.
He wishes to remain anonymous, but expresses regret, not for the camera itself, or the value of it, but the memories lost as there were a number of irrecoverable photos on the memory card, documenting their trip to Barcelona. “I’m not really worried about the camera but it the pictures and videos we took since we came here to Barcelona, especially the ones taken today when we took a stroll downtown.”
His wife convinced him to go for dinner that night, to celebrate his birthday, but it’s evident from his comments that his birthday and holiday were spoiled. “I can’t help not to get pissed every time I think about (it).”
It’s also obvious he partly-blames himself – a common sensation – for what happened. He says: “I can’t get complacent like that again though. I feel sorry for any pick-pocket or purse snatcher that will get in my way from this point on.”
His conclusion is this: “If only there were police presence at every subway stations maybe these cockroaches would think twice about doing anything like that.”