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  • Walking through the lovely Parque del Retiro in Madrid, I felt something splatter my head and looked up for some birds.
    A couple behind us attracted our attention. The woman suggested we get some water from a nearby fountain. As we walked toward the fountain the woman pulled some paper hankies and a small bottle of water from her purse.
    They gave my wife and I hankies and started helping us to wipe ourselves clean. The woman providing more hankies and water as we turned around and around. Both of the couple pointed out stains on our heads and backs helping us wipe then away and guiding us to wipe each other's stains.
    At one point Something made me turn toward the man who was at that time behind me, he was holding my open wallet.
    He indicated in broken English, we have no Spanish, that he had picked it up from the ground at my feet. I explained that it was mine and he handed it to me. I was still thinking everything was innocent. I even started to show them my driving license to prove the wallet was mine. The couple moved off and we thanked them.
    At this point we realised that this had been an attempt to pickpocket us. My wife said she though she had, out of the corner of her eye, seen then squirt something, just before I said that birds had crapped on us.
    We checked our pockets and bag and had lost nothing.
    Thinking this over I can see how this worked by keeping us constantly distracted, turning round so that I did not feel my wallet go.
    Or perhaps I did feel it enough to turn but not enough to fully realise what was going on.
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