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Things Are Not As They Seem In This Vacation Photo - She's Getting Robbed

Being pickpocketed is something that every traveler is warned about before they go overseas. A viral image circulating on social media has demonstrated just how prolific pickpocketing is in some parts of the world. The photo shows a young woman posing in front of a Thai temple, accompanied by two Thai children in traditional dresses. The temple shown in the image is Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a famous tourist attraction in Thailand’s northern province, Chiang Mai.

However, if you look closely – the young Thai girl, on the woman’s left is surreptitiously removing her watch from her wrist. Keeping one hand clasped in the unnamed woman’s hand, the young girl smiles at the camera while her other hand grasps the watch’s wristband.

The image was captured by an unnamed man, later revealed to be the woman in the photo’s boyfriend. The man posted the photo on Reddit, a popular online discussion board, writing: “This pic solved the mystery of the missing watch.” The man also revealed that his girlfriend had lost her watch on the vacation but previously believed that she had simply lost it at their accommodations.

The Reddit community rallied around the man’s story, with other users sharing their own tales of misfortune. One commenter even revealed that they’d had their own encounter with the young criminals, writing: “I've seen those little thieves before.”

“Adorable, adorable thieves. I didn't suspect a thing when I saw them,” reported another Reddit user. One comment revealed that at least one other person had a near miss with the thieves, writing: “Holy c**p! I was tempted to ask for a photo with them when we saw them at the temple but didn't want to be 'that tourist' and was also worried that their momager who was lingering around might scream at me for money if I went near them.”

Another user sarcastically joked about the publicity the young thieves were receiving, commenting: “[the] girls must be the two most popular child thieves in all of Asia.” After vigorous debate, the Reddit community reached the conclusion that there were multiple girls involved in the thieving operation, describing how, at least six girls were involved in the “organized gang.”

The Reddit community was not afraid to deeply analyze the photo. One user, who seems to know a discomfiting amount about pickpocketing, wrote: “Notice how the thief is touching her hand in several places? It's a pickpocket technique so that the mark gets accustomed to being touched by the thief and stops registering all of the touches.”

Most Reddit users were saddened by the girl’s actions. Many users believed that the girls stole to provide for their family, pointing at the entrenched poverty within the country. “A thousand plus people visit that site daily. I'm pretty sure those girls are dressed up to simply take pictures with tourists for tips. It's probably the family's income,” wrote one user.

However, as the image began to go viral, it came to the attention of the children’s parents, who have struck back at the accusations. The girls, revealed to be sisters, in the photo; 7-year-old Kanlayanee Laojuang, and 10-year-old Thidaret, were interviewed by MailOnline, where they told reporters that they were innocent, reaching out to the woman and her boyfriend with a message – “I want you to come visit me at Baan Doi Pui Village.”

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: MedardBoss/Reddit

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