A new disturbing trend in China involves skillful pickpockets who operate across the nation and congregate in bustling market places where they can move freely and undetected. But this new breed of pirate does not use his (or her) fingers to pilfer wallets and such. Chopsticks (kuaizi) are the pilfering tools of the day and they are very effective in lifting mobile phones and wallets from unsuspecting passersby.

Caught on surveillance, the deft technique is as brazen as it gets, as every move is captured on tape. Those thieves caught on camera have been seen targeting marketplaces and bus stops where commuters are preoccupied with getting to and from work. News footage captures their easy and precise strike, which is always from behind the intended mark.

This technique is not limited to Hangzhou in the eastern part of China where news footage captured these thieves at work. It is so effective that it has been reported in other regions as well.

Although not available in English, the dramatic video below clearly illustrates how these bold bandits use their notorious talents.  Watch it, but hang onto your wallets!

Chop, thief!






M Dee Dubroff is the penname of this freelance writer and former teacher originally from Brooklyn, New York. A writer of ghostly and horror fiction, she has branched out into the world of humorous non fiction writing and maintains eight web sites covering a wide variety of topics. She also writes feature articles for several local newspapers. Her book entitled: A Taste of Funny, and her website, Eat, Drink And Really Be Merry (http://www.ingestandimbibe.com) feature many well researched and humorous articles on the subject of food and drink.