Interesting way of gouging money from visitors, this one, more so the machine than the man being there.Not so much a scam, but at the Milan Central Train Station the ticket machines for the Automatic Airport Train charge $1 Euro extra when you choose the english translation rather then proceed with the Italian.
The scam, or not so scam, is that often a bloke, who looks fairly "official", will be standing next to the machine telling you that you can save the $1 euro by doing a "trick". Once the ticket is printed he then asks you for the $1 euro to buy "Un Caffe per me" for doing you a favour. I got done once on my first trip, but didn't really work out what he was going on about, so I just walked away with him chasing me saying "Un Caffe per me, Un Caffe per me".... I've stood back and watched this over and over on a few times I have since visited the station and it was still going on last time I visited in 2018.
Ya, I think you're spot on, more of a rort/gouge than a Scam. I'm sure it happens elsewhere too, it's only that the guys standing there alerted me to it by wanting his $1, otherwise i'd be none the wiser ... It's a lot of $1 to pay for an espresso in Milan!!Interesting way of gouging money from visitors, this one, more so the machine than the man being there.
The man being there, also is an interesting way too to make money for the man/woman if there was one when the man was not there.
For the machine, maybe their way of thinking is that the translation from Italian to English needs someone to have had done it (the translation), and so their reasoning is that someone should pay.
Similar to the ongoing fees that travellers continue to pay on the Sydney Airport train now, even though its been years since the stations were built.
Be very careful in Milano I guess. I was considering a trip to Milano for a trade fair next year. Did you enjoy things there otherwise?Milano Central railway station has it's own Police Station where they are currently receiving >100 theft reports per day.
A professional mob working the trains, especially (but not only) those coming via Genoa. Taking anything from full sized suitcases to small bags
Also met a young guy whose suitcase was stolen from the bag area under the shuttle bus from Malpensa to Centale.
Sadly, many places in Italy suffer from theft crimes now, especially major rail stations like Milan, Florence, Pisa, Naples, Rome, Pompeii etc - anywhere there are tourists there are opportunists. Any lapse in concentration and you can become a victim very easilyBe very careful in Milano I guess. I was considering a trip to Milano for a trade fair next year. Did you enjoy things there otherwise?
Not particularly, arrived during the heatwave and too hot to do anything except find an air-conditioned bar.Be very careful in Milano I guess. I was considering a trip to Milano for a trade fair next year. Did you enjoy things there otherwise?
Thank you for the advice, when my wife and I were traveling in France and surrounds late last year we experienced an almost pickpocket event. It was in the Metro from a busy stop with squeezed in standing room only. My wife was wearing the yellow hand bag as pictured. The bag had a clip in flap over the top, a full zip close inner, and every section also had zippers. And this was our fake target bag, I.e. no credit cards, and only small amounts of money. On the metro there was a small jolt, and a well dressed man in a suit ‘ fell against my wife’ but no one else lost their footing. It felt wrong, so we moved away at the very next stop. After we left the train we found a quiet place and checked our bags, sure enough the yellow bag’s inner zipper was open, but the clasp was still shut. No other compartment was unzipped and all that was in the main section was a water bottle. So it shows how fast people can be, in one movement the zipper was fully undone. If we had not moved away, next ‘jolt’ would have been hand in bag searching other sections.Not so much a scam but a way to hopefully avoid being pickpocketed.
Am currently in Europe and have been a victim of theft before. I saw this wallet with the chain at Walmart when last in the US. I bought two. With the chain wrapped around my belt and secured I've been able to stop at least two pickpockets who were foiled and was able to alert others on the metro. I think I paid about USD 11. A good deal. Lots of room for cards and cash.
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I can't believe people who walk around with phones, wallets and whatever clearly visible in their back pockets.
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Glad to hear you managed to hang onto your luggage. We'll done.Took a train ride today with luggage from Marseille to Nîmes.
The train stopped at Arles.
I turned around while the passengers were boarding and looked at the nearby baggage area and immediately noticed my large suitcase was gone.
I pushed my way through those trying to board loudly explaining my bag had been stolen. People were understanding and let me though.
I saw someone with my bag and yelled.
He dumped it and I managed to retrieve it.
No time to report or follow up as the train was about to continue the journey.
If possible always reserve a seat near the luggage store area and watch it.
Always keep an eye on your luggage before you stop and while stopped on a train journey.
And always keep your smaller luggage containing laptop, passport etc with you no matter how uncomfortable it may be.