Washington MonumentThis NY Daily News article is a great reminder that pickpockets thrive on crowds, like the kind that will be gathering in Washington and elsewhere this weekend. It doesn’t matter if it’s at tomorrow’s presidential inauguration or a small gathering around a street performer. Heck, one of my colleagues had their wallet nicked at a Palm Sunday mass in Germany. The point is to be on the lookout for pickpockets, especially if you’ll be in inauguration-related crowds this weekend. They’ve been doing this for over a century, and this will be no different.

From the article: “The Lincoln inaugurations in the 1860s drew their share of crooks, but Honest Abe’s journey home to Illinois after his assassination set a standard for criminal audaciousness. The Lincoln Funeral Train created a con’s Eden — a two-week trip through seven states where, in 180 cities, the President’s casket was placed on display as long queues of overwrought mourners inched past. Pickpockets shadowed the train, finding fresh meat at each stop.”



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