If this video was shot in Barcelona there’d be no motorcycle bag-snatching.

February 13, 2012
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In some cultures, this is how they deal with a motorcycle bag-snatcher. In Barcelona, the locals do nothing.

Have patience with the video, it’s worth the wait.

(We’re curious how many people we can send to this video. At the time we found it (led by Frederico Lacerda), there had only been 154 views.)

Here’s the URL in case you can’t get the embed below to run.

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7 Responses to If this video was shot in Barcelona there’d be no motorcycle bag-snatching.

  1. María on February 13, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Please stop saying we locals do nothing against robbery. I’m from Barcelona and I’m ashamed of this situation, but remember it’s the law we need to change, not the attitude.

    • William on February 13, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      Agreed. The last time I witnessed a bag snatching myself and a local gave chase immediately, cornered the thief in Liceu station and forced him to drop the bag which we returned to an elderly British couple. Just like anywhere else some Barceloneans do nothing but others really do help.

  2. Dirk on February 13, 2012 at 11:21 am

    that’s the spirit!!

  3. Christian on February 13, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Yes, public lynching, that looks like a very sensible solution. Probably we also should chop off the hands of thieves, which seems to work very well. Or reintroduce the whipping post to take us definitely back to the Middle Ages.

    Besides, the only time I have seen a bag-snatcher here in three years and followed the guy, several “locals” helped me and tried to stop the guy. One neighbour gave the thief fortunately such a hard body check that he at least dropped the stolen handbag, while others continued later on the chase by bicycle. So, stating that “the locals do nothing” does not seem very fair to me.

  4. sanjit saha on April 16, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    BOOM sucker

  5. Tony Baltimore on April 17, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    This is too awesome!! We can’t expect the locals to be this hard core, but yes that would be great!! Locals do help a bit, it depends of course on who. Nobody really wants to get involved and be a hero, which I can understand. Me of course, i’m ready to closeline that fool, and put the little monkey in a sleeper hold!

    The people of Barcelona do need to stand up this has been going on for a long time, and only getting worse it seems. Anyone here able to compare things now to the way it was 10 years ago??

  6. Sugiboy on April 20, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Sometimes people get carried away doing their own justice. There were accidents (yes quite number of them) in Indonesia when the mass killed the wrong person.

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