There must be an immense sense of anticipation having robbed a bag.
Think back to when you were a child, approaching the Christmas tree, nice large box wrapped in fancy paper. It might contain what you’ve been dreaming of, or maybe something better… and then there’s the second and third box… what’s in those?
It has to be something similar for Barcelona’s bag-snatchers.
It could be a fancy branded bag, like a Hermes, containing nothing more than a book and a pair of sunglasses; or it could be a sports bag containing €10,000. You really never know what you’re going to get. Imagine the thief, scurrying along the street, the bag he’s just stolen held up by his chest, he knows that a quick right and then left and he’ll be back to his den… the bag is heavy, perhaps it contains a fancy camera… the bag is expensive, perhaps her purse is in it… they looked American, perhaps they’ve come in on the cruise and they haven’t spent their casino money yet… he chased me for ten minutes, I guess that means there’s something of value in the bag… and so on.
He makes it to his safe haven, opens the bag, puts a hand in, and pulls out…
We know one person who advocates setting-up robbers so when he delves his hand into the bag he finds an open bag of dogshit.
How about one of those paintballs that are used in the United States to render valueless those batches of dollar bills stolen from banks.
Anyone got any other good ideas?