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phone snatching on Av Paulista caught on video

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not one to be paranoid about petty crime in Brazil, but there is no sugar coating it... it does exist.... it will obviously not affect everyone (or even most visitors), but the bad guys will certainly zoom in on less attentive targets...

this video clip by a Swedish journalist on Av Paulista is very similar to what happened to me there some years ago: guys on bikes snatching smartphone from you if you stay curbside with phone in hand (e.g. taking pics; checking if Uber car has arrived; lost in texting frenzy; whatever) not paying attention to your surroundings (in this case, reporter was in the median, next to dedicated bike paths)...

Swedish reporter was luckier than me and biker did not manage to grab it... have personally seen that kind of snatch-and-run incident happen to other people too right there.

scroll down to end of link and see video:

https://cultura.uol.com.br/noticias/22353_jornalista-sueco-sofre-tentativa-de-assalto-na-avenida-paulista.html

[Swedish journalist has an impressive swearing capacity in Brazilian Portuguese...]

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my impression is that biker first passed by journalist, saw an "easy prey", then decided to turn around and go for his "mark" - as one can see that biker is coming in the "wrong lane", against all other bike traffic...

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The biker was dressed like a delivery boy, so it's good to be attentive of those bikers as well!

Love the dirty words by the Swedish reporter, no other way around it, really...

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